Why Are so Many People Dying on Everest?

More people are climbing the mythical peak than ever before

Photo: Pemba Dorje Sherpa/AFP/Getty Images

By Eleanor Cummins

At 11:30 a.m. local time on May 29, 1953, New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary and Nepali sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, making them the first climbers in recorded history to successfully scale the world’s tallest mountain.

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