Pendaki asal Iggris, Robin Haynes Fisher, menjadi salah satu yang tak mampu bertahan.
Sebelum meninggal pada Sabtu (25/5/2019), dia memperingatkan soal kepadatan di puncak Everest pada unggahan terakhirnya di media sosial.
Fisher diyakini meninggal dunia akibat penyakit ketinggian atau altitude sickness ketika berada pada ketinggian 8.600 meter, setelah turun dari puncak.
"Saya berharap untuk menghindari keramaian pada hari puncak dan sepertinya sejumlah tim mendorong ke puncak pada tanggal 21," tulisnya di Instagram pada 13 Mei lalu.
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"Dengan rute tunggal menuju puncak, penundaan yang disebabkan kepadatan terbukti fatal," lanjutnya.
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Climbed up to camp 3, 7500m but the jet stream had returned closing the summit after only 2 days so I descended to basecamp. Around 100 climbers did summit in those 2 days with sadly 2 deaths, an Indian man found dead in his tent at camp 4 and an Irish climber lost, assumed fallen, on his descent. A go fund me page has been set up for a rescue bid for the Irish climber but it is a well meaning but futile gesture. Condolences to both their friends and families. Both deaths happened above 8000m in the so called death zone where the majority of deaths of foreign climbers happen. Around 700 more people will be looking to summit from Tuesday the 21st onwards. My revised plan, subject to weather that at the moment looks promising, is to return up the mountain leaving basecamp Tuesday the 21st 0230 and, all being well and a lot of luck, arriving on the summit the morning of Saturday the 25th. I will be climbing with my Sherpa, Jangbu who is third on the all time list with an incredible 19 summits. The other 4 members of our team decided to remain on the mountain and are looking to summit on the 21st. My cough had started to return at altitude so I couldn’t wait with them at altitude for the window to open without the risk of physically deteriorating too much. Furthermore as I had missed due to sickness the earlier camp 3 rotation best practice was for me to descend to allow my body to recover from the new altitude high so I could come back stronger. This was not an easy decision as the 13 hours climbing from basecamp to camp 2 in a day was the hardest physical and mental challenge I had ever done, now I have it all to do again. Finally I am hopeful to avoid the crowds on summit day and it seems like a number of teams are pushing to summit on the 21st. With a single route to the summit delays caused by overcrowding could prove fatal so I am hopeful my decision to go for the 25th will mean fewer people. Unless of course everyone else plays the same waiting game. #everest #everest2019 #lhotseface
Pada pekan yang dimulai pada 20 Mei, kerumunan pendaki terjebak dalam antrean menuju puncak pada ketinggian 8.000 meter.
CNN mencatat puncak Everest berada di ketinggian 8.848 meter, suatu ketinggian di mana setiap napas hanya mengandung sepertiga oksigen yang ditemukan di permukaan laut.
Melansir BBC, pendaki asal Irlandia Kevin Hyner meninggal di tendanya pada Jumat (24/5/2019) dan Seamus Lawless diyakini tewas setelah jatuh di dekat puncak.
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