has become a different place over the past couple of decades. The slopes are busier than ever, as more and more guiding and expedition companies compete to get client climbers to the highest point on earth.
It also means that, while Everest used to be the domain of experienced mountaineers
and their teams, the mountain is now seeing many climbers who are not fit or prepared to be there. So an already hostile environment has become even more deadly.
Veteran Italian mountaineer Simone Moro
recognized a dream this season, when he transported his helicopter from Bergamo, Italy, to Kathmandu, Nepal to create the first dedicated Mount Everest air-rescue service.
On May 21st of this year, Signor Moro safely airlifted a stricken Canadian climber from 7800m.
In doing so, he piloted the highest altitude rescue ever flown.
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