Climbers Missing on Everest After Ice Collapse in “Death Zone”

Climbers Missing on Everest After Ice Collapse in "Death Zone"
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Two climbers are pre­sumed dead after a dead­ly ice fall near the sum­mit of Mount Ever­est. The inci­dent, which occurred in the moun­tain’s “death zone,” has reignit­ed con­cerns about the extreme risks faced by those attempt­ing to scale the world’s high­est peak.

British climber Daniel Pater­son, 39, and his Nepali guide Pas Ten­ji Sher­pa, 23, were part of a 15-per­son expe­di­tion that reached the 29,032-foot sum­mit on Tuesday. 

Dis­as­ter struck as they descend­ed near the Hillary Step, where a cor­nice — an over­hang­ing chunk of hard­ened snow — col­lapsed, sweep­ing them down the mountainside.

Search efforts have been unsuc­cess­ful, and the climbers are pre­sumed dead. The “death zone,” noto­ri­ous for its low oxy­gen lev­els and thin air, pos­es a sig­nif­i­cant threat to climbers’ survival. 

Sher­pa, a high­ly respect­ed guide with 8K Expe­di­tions, had pre­vi­ous­ly sum­mit­ed Ever­est twice and con­quered oth­er major peaks. Pater­son, a co-own­er of a Cross­Fit gym, was an expe­ri­enced climber who had suc­cess­ful­ly scaled Island Peak and Ama Dablam.

This tragedy comes along­side the dis­ap­pear­ance of Kenyan climber Joshua Cheruiy­ot Kirui, 40, and his guide Nawang Sher­pa, 44. Kirui was found deceased, while Sher­pa remains missing.

Over­crowd­ing and cli­mate change are believed to be con­tribut­ing fac­tors to the ris­ing num­ber of Ever­est fatalities. 

As Ever­est con­tin­ues to test even the most sea­soned climbers, this lat­est inci­dent serves as a stark reminder of the inher­ent dan­gers and poten­tial con­se­quences of pur­su­ing this ulti­mate moun­taineer­ing challenge.

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