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Today: Should Everest be closed to climbing this year?

May 5th, 2015

Episode 335 of 1333 episodes

Mount Everest remains open to climbers, despite avalanches triggered by last month's earthquake. The Nepali government says it's up to climbers and organisers as permits have already been issued. Most expedition groups have already called off their climbs. The Nepali group (the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee) which is responsible for deploying 'ice doctors' - experienced and expert Sherpas - say this spring season has now become "almost impossible" because the routes damaged "will take a long time" to reconstruct. Nick Talbot was attempting to be the first person with cystic fibrosis to climb Everest & was injured at base camp when an avalanche was triggered by the earthquake. He arrived back in the UK on Friday Rebecca Stephens is the first British woman to reach the summit of Everest and chair of the charity, Himalayan Trust UK.

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