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At End Of Climbing Season, A Reflection On Everest ‘Traffic Jam’

Filed by KOSU News in World News.
May 28, 2012

We’ve been reporting about the “traffic jam” at the roof of the world. That “traffic jam” is likely to have eased this week; the weekend marked the end of the climbing season on Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak.

Morning Edition host David Greene will talk today with mountaineer Conrad Anker who has climbed Everest several times and has just returned from his most recent ascent.

Conrad and his team blogged about their Everest adventure on the National Geographic website. Their account of the ascent is gripping and the images of the mountain breathtaking.

Back in April, NPR’s Claire O’Neill of our Picture Show blog blogged about the team’s effort.

At the time, she noted: “Some people look at natural wonders and see a challenge. We climb mountains because they are there. We live blog it because we can.”

This year’s climbing season has been fraught with danger.

As the Two-Way’s Korva Coleman reported last week, four people died while trying to climb Everest. That was after some 150 climbers tried to summit at the same time.

This year’s climbing season is over. Mountaineers will no doubt prepare to climb the world’s tallest mountain again next year. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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