Bookmarked Conquering Mount Everest: High hopes and broken dreams – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Overcrowding, along with inexperience, has been blamed for this year’s death toll, with “traffic jams” at the summit forcing climbers to wait in line, their precious stores of oxygen ebbing lower with each passing minute.

Numerous tour operators and Everest-watchers have expressed concern over the number of novice mountaineers taking on the challenge, saying many possess neither the skills nor experience to tackle such a treacherous feat.

In some ways, Everest tour operators have become victims of their own success. A solid safety record and skyrocketing rates of summiting have heightened Everest’s allure, especially among bucket listers.

Inga Ting, Alex Palmer, Stephen Hutcheon and Siobhan Heanue provide an insight into what is involved in climbing Mount Everest. They discuss the route, what is involved, the statistics of fatalities on the mountain, the changes over time and the small window of opportunity available each year. Interestingly, Everest is actually considered a lot safer than some of the other mountains in the Himilayas:

The fatality rate on Mount Everest stands at 1.15 per cent — well below neighbouring Himalayan giants such as Annapurna I, with a death rate of 3.9 per cent, or Dhaulagiri I, with a rate of 2.99 per cent.

This makes me want to re-watch Everest to make sense of what happened and where.