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    Reports of "tourists" climbing over corpses in Everest traffic jam

    I wrote a few days ago about concerns being expressed about the traffic jam on Everest and the danger it posed. The danger was evidently real – four climbers have been confirmed dead on Everest this week Leanna Shuttleworth, a 19 year old British student, has become the youngest British woman to summit Everest. She is obviously to be congratulated. But as she describes the experience one begins to wonder Leanna Shuttleworth is reported to have said: “There were casualties from the day before, which was tragic and horrendous. There were quite a few bodies attached to the fixed lines and we had to walk round them. There were a…

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    Overcrowding through tourism reaches new heights

    Today’s Daily Telegraph reports that overcrowding was expected at the summit of Mount Everest again this weekend as 200 people will attempt to summit.  Last weekend a similar number tried and four died. There is a bottleneck at the Hillary Step, a rock face near the peak that climbers from the Nepal side have to ascend and descend with the help of ropes. Waiting raises the danger of frostbite and oxygen runs low. Zimba Zangbu Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, is reported in the Telegraph saying  climbers were increasingly taking unnecessary risks when time was running out or conditions were poor. “Now there are so many people trying…

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    Rachel’s volunteering experience in Nepal was bad, very bad.

    It takes a rare kind of honesty to admit even to one’s closest friends that you did not enjoy a trip intended to change your life. Rachel has had the guts to say it and to write about it on her blog. I admire her for it. Few are able to write with such honesty. I am full of admiration. I don’t know Rachelrtw. She describes herself in the third person “Rachel is a twenty-something travel blogger in waiting, reminiscing about old adventures while saving up for new ones. She is also faintly uncomfortable with writing about herself in the third person.” Rachel’s volunteering experience in Nepal was bad, very…

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