Stopping Everest deaths is an uphill battle

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Stopping Everest deaths is an uphill battle

There are suspicions that Nepalese officials are putting lucrative permits ahead of climbers’ safety

Ben Farmer

Stricter safety rules designed to avoid a repeat of a chaotic traffic jam at the summit of Mount Everest will not be imposed before hundreds of climbers again attempt the summit this year.

Robust rules to ban inexperienced climbers and curb unpractised tour operators will not be in force before this spring’s climbing season starts in April.

The clampdown had been proposed after last spring’s season, when 11 climbers died and a photograph of a traffic jam of climbers waiting for the summit highlighted overcrowding on the 8,848m peak...

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