Roland Yearwood, a climber from Alabama,USA who is 50 is pronounced dead t an altitude of about 8,400 meters (27,500 feet) in an area called “death zone” which is known for thin air. The news was announced by Murari Sharma of the Everest Parivas trekking company which sponsored his climb. With this, the total death toll in one month has gone up by three.
“We have confirmation of his death but no other details are known,” Sharma told. He also added “It is also unclear if he was on his way up or down from the summit.”
American climber Dan Mazur headed the 16 member team whose crew also included 26-year-old Indian climber Ravi Kumarwho has gone missing. They started their climbing from the Southeast Ridge route from the Nepali side of the mountain.
Kumar got separated from his guide near a place called Balcony on Saturday.
“Three sherpa rescuers have been sent to search for Kumar,” Thupden from Arun Treks and Expedition company which has sponsored his climb has said. He added another climber is also missing.
Nepal has cleared 371 mountaineers to climb Mount Everest during the current season ending this month which involved a vigorous selection process coupled with huge fee as deposit.