American climber Don Cash dies on Everest
KATHMANDU: An American climber has died on Everest, his expedition organiser said Thursday, as a rush of climbers marked one of the busiest days on the world‘s highest mountain.
Donald Lynn Cash, 55, collapsed at the summit of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak on Wednesday as he was taking photographs.
“Our two Sherpas helped him gain consciousness but he died close to the Hilary Step as they were bringing him back,” Pasang Tenje Sherpa of Pioneer Adventure told to media.
His death came as more than 200 climbers were heading towards the summit on both sides of Everest Wednesday as the weather cleared, with complaints of a traffic jam close to the top.
“We don’t have the exact number of summits yet, but it has been a very busy day.
Teams have complained of having to wait two or more hours to reach the top,” said Gyanendra Shrestha, a government liaison officer stationed at base camp.
It is the third casualty on Everest this season after an Indian climber died last week and an Irish mountaineer is presumed dead after he slipped and fell close to the summit.