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Everest ‘Traffic Jam’ Survivor Issues Warning

Ameesha Chauhan, survivor of the Everest “traffic jam” who is in hospital recovering from frostbite, said climbers without basic skills should be barred to prevent a recurrence of this year’s deadly season on the world’s highest peak. Eleven people have died scaling the peaks of Mount Everest this year in a particularly crowded season atop the world’s highest mountain. This crowding referred to as ‘Traffic Jams’ create dangerous situations for climbers, who are often already exhausted and carrying heavy loads while battling altitude sickness, which can make people dizzy and nauseated.

The 29-year-old Indian had to wait 20 minutes to come down from the 8 848-metre peak, but others were held up for hours.

“I saw some climbers without basic skills fully relying on their Sherpa guides.
The government should fix the qualification criteria,” she said in Kathmandu’s general hospital, all the toes on her left foot black and blue and her face weather-worn.

“Only trained climbers should be granted the permit to climb Everest.”

At least four deaths on the world’s highest mountain have been blamed on over-crowding with teams waiting sometimes for hours in the “death zone” where the cold is bitter, the air dangerously thin and the terrain treacherous

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