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Mount Everest Climbing Route Changes in Wake of Deadly Avalanche

By    |   Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 05:23 PM

Nepali officials are changing the climbing route on Mount Everest after 16 climbing guides were killed in the mountain’s deadliest incident in an April avalanche.

Climbers will abandon the route used since the 1990s in favor of a more central route to avoid the left side of the Khumbu Icefall, where the accident occurred.

Expeditions were canceled last year after Sherpas boycotted in the wake of the tragedy.

"We think the risk of avalanche in the left part of the Khumbu Icefall is growing and we are moving the route to the center where there is almost no such danger," said Ang Dorji Sherpa, chairman of the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee, according to the BBC.

The more difficult route up the center of the icefall was used decades ago, and new ropes and ladders will be fixed into position there.

Some say climate change has made the icefall route more dangerous as ice melts, The Washington Post reported.

About 250 people have died on Mount Everest, and about 40 of those deaths have been in the icefall.

Twitter users commented about the change.











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