Adrian Ballinger sits atop Everest, becoming one of about 200 climbers to reach the peak without supplementary oxygen. Photo: Handout Adrian Ballinger sits atop Everest, becoming one of about 200 climbers to reach the peak without supplementary oxygen. Photo: Handout
Adrian Ballinger sits atop Everest, becoming one of about 200 climbers to reach the peak without supplementary oxygen. Photo: Handout

Everest deaths: climber numbers manageable but low experience levels cause traffic jams, says top guide Adrian Ballinger

  • Adrian Ballinger says huge number of climbers isn’t to blame for traffic jams that have contributed to 11 deaths over the past week
  • Lack of experience – from climbers to Sherpas and guides – creates ‘herd mentality’ that increases risk

Topic |   Climbing and mountaineering
Adrian Ballinger sits atop Everest, becoming one of about 200 climbers to reach the peak without supplementary oxygen. Photo: Handout Adrian Ballinger sits atop Everest, becoming one of about 200 climbers to reach the peak without supplementary oxygen. Photo: Handout
Adrian Ballinger sits atop Everest, becoming one of about 200 climbers to reach the peak without supplementary oxygen. Photo: Handout
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