Conditions on the Mount Everest could get even more dangerous this year according to officials. This condition is made worse by the influx of climbers who lack experience and are oblivious to proper safety techniques.
Gone are the days when scaling the world's highest peak meant certain death. The mountain is now becoming a novelty to some climbers who do not respect the dangers of the elements at play.
According to Travel and Leisure, veteran British climber Tim Mosedale, who has scaled the Mount Everest five times, took to Facebook to air his concerns. Mosedale highlighted the toxic mix of amateur climbers that could prove disastrous and even fatal.
In his post, he wrote that during a descent through the Khumbu Icefall his group encountered a strange and dangerous scene. Mosedale is referring to climbers who blatantly disregard basic safety principles that endanger them, their staff, and even fellow climbers.
The Washington Post reported that by mid-May, the mountain will begin to see traffic jam conditions that could prove dangerous to climbers. This is the time of the year when the winds settle down providing the best conditions for the ascent.
The Nepalese government gave out a record number of 371 permits for foreigners seeking to conquer the world's tallest peak. This is the most it has given since 1953, the year Sir Edmund Hillary became the first to successfully reach its summit.
This number does not include the native Sherpa mountain guides who make a living scaling the mountain with climbers. Including Sherpa guides raises the number on Everest to a whopping 800 which could congest the limited number of passes that climbers use to scale the mountain.
Tim Mosedale recommends climbing Mount Everest only if you have previous experience successfully climbing high-altitude peaks. He says that the mountain is hazardous enough even without complete novices being looked after by inexperienced Sherpa's from teams without a sense of professionalism.