Clueless newbie climbers ‘drive up Everest death toll’

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Clueless newbie climbers ‘drive up Everest death toll’

Top climber describes 'absolute beginners' at Base Camp, who plan to attempt summit without even basic skills

Kate Kelland

Stepping over long-dead bodies of frozen climbers as he sought to reach the summit of Everest was something for which Nick Hollis was mentally prepared. But even this seasoned mountaineer could not have imagined there would be so many fresh ones.

The 45-year-old British climber has just conquered Everest and completed all Seven Summits of the world, putting him into an elite group of about 500 people globally who have scaled the highest mountains on all seven continents.

His final summit – the 8,850m peak of Everest in the Himalayas – was made “much tougher than expected”, partly owing to the presence of too many slow and inexperienced climbers, perilous to themselves and others...

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