A Colorado patent lawyer died Monday whereas descending from the summit of Mount Everest, the second American in as many weeks to die in the course of the peak climbing season on the world’s highest mountain.
An official from Nepal’s Division of Tourism advised Reuters that Christopher Kulish, 62, reached the 29,035-foot peak by way of the mountain’s Southeast Ridge, however handed away all of the sudden on the South Col, roughly three,000 toes under the summit.
The precise explanation for loss of life was not instantly recognized.
Christopher Kulish in entrance of Mount Everest.
In a press release to Fox 31, Kulish’s family stated they have been “heartbroken” by the 62-year-old’s loss of life. They advised the station he reached the summit in superb climate situations Monday morning and noticed the dawn. The household additionally stated Kulish was making an attempt to affix the so-called Seven Summits membership by climbing the best peak on every continent. Mount Everest was all that stood between Kulish and the profitable completion of his quest.
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At the very least 9 individuals have died in current weeks whereas making an attempt to climb Everest on the Nepali aspect in the course of the abbreviated climbing season, which ends this month. Two different climbers have died attacking the summit from the Tibetan aspect.
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Officers say a backlog of climbers and their Sherpa guides has brought on delays in reaching the summit which have exacerbated the hazards of altitude illness, which is brought on by low quantities of oxygen at excessive elevation and might trigger complications, vomiting, shortness of breath and psychological confusion.
Final week, 55-year-old Don Money, from Utah, died of altitude illness close to the Hillary Step whereas descending from the summit.
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The Related Press contributed to this report.