May 28, 2019

Mount Everest death toll rises: U.S. man dies on descent from summit

 In this photo taken on April 29, 2018, mountaineers walk near camp two of Mount Everest, as they prepare to ascend on the south face from Nepal.

Mountaineers at Mount Everest in Nepal. Photo: Phunjo Lama/AFP/Getty Images

Colorado attorney Christopher Kulish, 62, died on the descent from Mount Everest's summit Monday, AP reports, bringing the death toll on the world's highest mountain to 11 for this climbing season.

The big picture: The last time 11 or more people died on Everest was during an avalanche in 2015, according to the New York Times. Nepal has issued a record number of permits amid good climbing weather. Overcrowding issues have exposed climbers to high altitudes, wind and cold for longer periods of time.

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