Last Friday is being called the deadliest day
in the history of Mount Everest. Sixteen Himalayan mountaineers, or Sherpas
, died in an avalanche while climbing along the popular south ridge route. While the magnitude of this incident is unprecedented, Mount Everest has been in a state of crisis for some time. Brent spoke to National Geographic contributor and Everest climber Mark Jenkins
, who claims that Everest is 'maxed out
'. Mark proposes six ways to fix the mountain.
1. Fewer permits:
Limit the total number of climbers and Sherpas on the mountain.
Unidentified mountaineers walk past the Hillary Step while pushing for the summit of Everest. Photo:STR/AFP/Getty Images
Unidentified mountaineers walk descend from the summit of Everest. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images
2. Smaller teams: Reduce dangerous traffic jams on the standard Southeast Ridge route.
3. Certify outfitters: Make sure that they meet acceptable standards of safety and mountain knowledge.
Relatives carry a casket bearing the body of a Mount Everest avalanche victim for cremation in Kathmandu on April 21, 2014 photo:
Bangladeshi mountaineer Wasfia Nazreen descends on the lonely Lhotse face on Mount Everest.
4. Require experience: Ensure that climbers and Sherpas are prepared for high-altitude challenges.
A Nepalese sherpa packing garbage collected from the Everest clean-up expedition at Everest Base Camp.
5. Leave no trace: Remove human waste and garbage from the mountain, and pay Sherpas to do that work.
A corpse of a mountaineer being retrieved by unseen Nepalese sherpas during the Everest clean-up expedition at Mount Everest. Photo: AFP
6. Remove bodies: To show respect not only for the dead but also for the living, who encounter corpses on main routes.