Budget tour firms blamed as 11th climber dies on Everest


Budget tour firms blamed as 11th climber dies on Everest

Latest death prompts claims that cheap operators fall short on guide services, oxygen, medicine and leadership

Joe Wallen

An American mountaineer has become the 11th person in two weeks to die on Mount Everest, as sherpas and tour operators alike blame an influx of inexperienced climbers and budget tour operators for the rise in fatalities.

Christopher John Kulish, 61, a lawyer from Colorado, did not show any sign of distress when reaching the peak of the world’s highest mountain on Tuesday morning but died after descending.

With a record number of climbers permitted to ascend Everest in 2019, bottlenecks have also contributed to greater exhaustion and, in some instances, death...

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