Deaths on Everest: Man-made disaster on the route to personal glory
Climbing Everest is now a commercial exercise, but negligence has brought with it the danger of repeated fatal failures
When nine Sherpas made it to the top of Mount Everest on 11 May, it had been close to two years to the day when the last summiteers had stood at the same spot. These nine men were the best of the support staff from various expeditions attempting the 8,850m mountain from the south side. They had been nominated by the expedition leaders to fix ropes all the way to the top.