Everest Death Toll Climbs to 11

May 23, 2012
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Update: Italian climber Luigi Rampini, 69, was rescued around 4 p.m. local time on Wednesday when a group of five found him in stable condition with some signs of frostbite on his nose and fingers. They began a descent of Everest around 5 p.m. The number of confirmed and suspected deaths on Everest this season has been reduced to 10.

After communications with a camp on the North Side of Everest, Alan Arnette has upped the fatalities for the 2012 season to 11. The climbing blogger recently conducted a phone interview with Jamie McGuinness of Project Himalaya. The details of the two confirmed deaths, and one presumed death, are listed below.

Spanish climber Juan Jose Polodied, age 43, died of exhaustion on May 19 or 20 after his summit. He was climbing with Himalayan Guides.

German climber Ralf D. Arnold broke his leg on the second step after reaching the summit. He was climbing with Monterosa.

Luigi Rampini, a 69-year-old Italian, is now on his fourth night at 8,300 meters without oxygen. He is presumed dead. He was climbing with Monterosa.

In some good news, the Sherpa who was reported missing on May 19 reported back to Base Camp.

Explorer's Web recently reported 236 total fatalities on the mountain between 1922 and 2012. The deadliest year to date was 1996, when 15 people died (12 people perished during the spring season and three people died in the fall season).

For more on the reported deaths this season, check out alanarnette.com. For reported updates from Base Camp, check out Grayson Schaffer's dispatches on Outside's Everest page.

—Joe Spring
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