‘Delays caused by crowding could be fatal‘: British climber shared his worries about overcrowding on Everest hours before he became the TENTH to die on Everest in just nine days
A British climber who died on Mount Everest had previously told of his worries about overcrowding on the mountain and had even changed his plans before setting off.
Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died in the ‘death zone‘ -known for low oxygen levels – on his descent after reaching the summit of the world‘s highest mountain.
In one of his last social media posts, he told of how he had changed his plans in order to avoid the ‘fatal‘ crowds.
He said: ‘With a single route to the summit, delays caused by overcrowding could prove fatal so I am hopeful my decision to go for the 25th will mean fewer people. Unless of course everyone else plays the same waiting game.‘
Mr Fisher is one of ten people who have lost their lives on the treacherous and overcrowded slopes in nine days. It comes as record numbers of climbers are cramming on to the piste during the spring season‘s good weather.
His partner Kristyn Carriere took to social media to pay tribute to him and said: ‘He got his goal. My heart is broken. It was his ultimate challenge.‘
Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died in the ‘death zone‘ of Mount Everest – known for its low oxygen levels and had previously told of his worries around overcrowding on the mountain
Mr Fisher was described as an ‘aspirational adventurer‘ who ‘lived life to the full‘ in a statement from his family. They said: ‘He achieved so much in his short life, climbing Mont Blanc, Aconcagua and Everest. Pictured is Mr Fisher on his way to climb Everest
Mr Fisher, who was born in Burton-upon-Trent and lived in Birmingham, is one of at least seven climbers to die on its treacherous slopes in the past two weeks
The 10 climbers who have died on Everest in the past nine days
May 16: Irish professor Séamus Lawless went missing on May 16 after reportedly falling.
The search operation has since been called off and he is presumed dead.
This week: Four Indians, one Austrian, one American and one person from Nepal died on Everest.
Friday: Irishman Kevin Hynes, 56, passed away on the northern Tibet part of the mountain.
The father-of-two died in his tent at 23,000ft on the descent after turning back before reaching the top.
Saturday: Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, collapsed and died only 150m from the peak.
Local guides have blamed the clogged up routes for the recent death toll because waiting in queues is sucking up mountaineers‘ limited oxygen supply and exposing them to the harsher winds for longer.
Hiking officials attributed most of the deaths to weakness, exhaustion and delays on the crowded route to the 29,030-foot (8,850-metre) summit.
Mr Fisher was described as an ‘aspirational adventurer‘ who ‘lived life to the full‘ in a statement from his family.
They said: ‘He achieved so much in his short life, climbing Mont Blanc, Aconcagua and Everest.
‘He was a ‘tough guy‘, triathlete, and marathoner. A champion for vegetarianism, published author, and a cultured theatre-goer, lover of Shakespeare.
‘We are deeply saddened by his loss as he still had so many more adventures and dreams to fulfil.
‘Everyone who ever met him in any capacity will always remember the positive impact he had on their lives.
‘Robin is a much loved and loving son, brother, partner, uncle, and friend.‘
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In a video shot on the expedition by Mr Fisher‘s partner, Kristyn Carriere, he is heard saying it ‘should be a trip to remember‘ as he looks up at the ascent from base camp.
His girlfriend who had previously embarked on trips with Mr Fisher said her heart was ‘broken‘ following the death of her partner
Four weeks ago, Mr Fisher took to Instagram to post this picture of him and Miss Carriere and said sometimes it‘s best to ‘stick to the path more travelled‘
At base camp in Nepal in April, Mr Fisher posted another picture and joked about having a ‘white beard‘ which is part of a ceremony where white flour is rubbed on your face
In a video shot on the expedition by Mr Fisher‘s partner, Kristyn Carriere, he is heard saying it ‘should be a trip to remember‘ as he looks up at the ascent from base camp
The route up the mountain includes several large obstacles including a huge moving glacier near to base camp as shown in the map above
A series of deaths have occurred on Everest over the last two weeks, amid concerns around overcrowding.
There are 41 teams with a total of 378 climbers permitted to scale the mountain during the spring climbing season in Nepal that begins around March and ends this month.
An equal number of Nepalese guides are helping them get to the summit.
His death caused a queue to the summit of the world‘s tallest mountain. Above: Climbers queue to stand on the summit of Everest on May 22
His family added: ‘Everyone who ever met him in any capacity will always remember the positive impact he had on their lives‘
Seamus Lawless 39, from Bray, Ireland, fell during his descent from the peak having achieved a lifetime ambition of reaching the summit. Above: Mr Lawless after scaling Alaska‘s 20,000-ft Mount Denali last summer
Irish climber Kevin Hynes, 56, died in his tent at 7,000 metres in the early hours of Friday after turning back before reaching the summit.
The father-of-two was part of a group from UK-based climbing company 360 Expeditions which was attempting to scale Everest.
His death comes a week after Trinity College professor Seamus Lawless, aged 39 and from Bray, Co Wicklow, fell during his descent from the peak having achieved a lifetime ambition of reaching the summit.
The search for Mr Lawless has been called off.
An American climber, Austrian climber and two Indian climbers are also reported to have died.
Mr Fisher was the tenth fatality on Everest in the current climbing season that ends this month and the 18th in Nepal‘s Himalayas in the same period.
‘He died because of weakness after a long ascent and difficult descent,‘ Murari Sharma of the Everest Parivar Treks company that arranged his logistics told Reuters.
‘He was descending with his sherpa guides from the summit when he suddenly fainted.‘
Fellow guides changed Fisher‘s oxygen bottle and offered him water, but could not save him, Sharma said.
Garrett Madison of the U.S. based Madison Mountaineering company that sponsors Mount Everest climbers said many were not ‘well qualified or prepared climbers‘ and didn‘t have the support necessary to ascend and descend safely.
‘If they were with a strong and experienced team they would have likely been fine, but with minimal support, once something goes wrong it‘s tough to get back on course,‘ Madison told Reuters.
Mount Everest can also be climbed from Tibet and casualties have been reported from there this season too.