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