Skooter reporting 05/22/12
Another body has reportedly been found by climbers on Mount Everest, jacking up the death toll to four for one of the most horrible days ever on the world's highest mountain.
The body of Chinese climber Ha Wenyi was found not far from where three other climbers died, Nepali mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha said Tuesday. The climbers were part of what they call a "traffic jam" by Everest standards an estimated 150 climbers who hurried to use a brief window of good weather to try to reach the top Friday and Saturday.
The other climbers who died were German doctor Eberhard Schaaf, Nepal-born Canadian Shriya Shah and South Korean mountaineer Song Won-bin . All four died Saturday on their descent from the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit. They are presumably to have suffered exhaustion and altitude sickness, Shrestha said.
A Nepalese Sherpa guide who had been reported missing is all right and has reached the base camp safely, Shrestha said. The guide was separated from his group and did not have communications equipment.
The latest tragedy have caused concerns about overcrowding in the "death zone" at the top of the world's tallest peak., a well-known expedition organizer cancelled this year’s climb to more than 60 clients citing the mountain's unstable condition.