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A British climber who collapsed on the descent from Mount Everest's summit became the latest in a recent string of fatalities on the world's tallest peak.

Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died Saturday when he became too weak and fainted in Everest's "death zone," a section at the top of the mountain known for its low levels of oxygen that can be fatal if climbers linger for too long [Fisherman'sdeathisatleasttheeighththisclimbingseasononEverestaccordingtoReutersandthemountainhasbeenmiredwithdangerousovercrowdinganddelaysthathavebeenblamedforthedeaths

Because of poor weather this year, climbers have had only one attempt to reach Everest's summit, CNN reported. Long lines of climbers at high altitudes have created near standstills at times

Utah climber dies: He climbed the tallest mountain on each continent, then died as he descended Mount Everest [19659005] A stunning photo taken last week showing a climb of climbers waiting to reach the mountain top

This handout photo taken on May 22, 2019 and released by climber Nirmal Purja's Project Possible Expedition shows heavy traffic of mountain climbers lining up to stand at the summit of Mount Everest. (Photo: HANDOUT, AFP / Getty Images)

"Before you reach the summit, you have to wait and every minute counts at the height," Krishma Poudel of Peak Promotion, a mountaineering agency in Nepal, customs NBC News

The problem is that the air on Everest's more than 29,000-foot peak has such low oxygen levels that climbers can only stay there for a short period of time.

"Once you get above about 25,000 Your brain starts to swell, your brain starts to break down, your brain starts to break down, and your brain starts to swell. to become slow, And you start making bad decisions, "Grayson Schaffer, the editor of Outside magazine, duty NPR.

" And all of this is happening in the face of, you know, each person trying to sort of reach their ultimate dream, "he said.

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Schaffer says the problem has gotten worse each year with more climbers attempting to make the ascent from the Nepalese side than the number of permits granted from the Chinese side has been limited

Danduraj Ghimire, the head of Nepal's tourism department, downplayed the effect the crowds have had on the death toll. Speaking with the New York Times, including the fatalities on the fewer number of good climbing days and said Nepal had no plans to limit the number of permits it grants.

"If you really want to limit the number of climbers, let's just end all expeditions on our holy mountain, "he said.

Some of the deaths this year, they were caused by people who could not climb up then the peak fast enough to refill their oxygen supplies, while others should not have been on the mountain in the first place.

"You have to qualify to do the Ironman, "Alan Arnette, who writes about Everest and is a climber himself, told the Times." But don't have to qualify to climb the highest mountain in the world? What's wrong with this picture? ”

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However, other experienced climbers have also been among the dead this year. Cash, 55, from Utah, died last week as he descended Everest's peak, for cash, reaching the summit market the completion of his dream: of climbing the tallest mountain on all seven continents.

While deaths occur every year on Mount Everest, like The issue in 2019 is particularly concerning

"I've seen traffic, but not this crazy," Nirmal Purja, who has summoned Everest four times, told the Washington Post.

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