American climber dies on Mt. Everest, Indian missing

After Indian climber Anshu Jamsenpa from Arunachal Pradesh created history after she scalped Mt. Everest twice in five days. It is learnt with news pouring in, that an American climber died today and an Indian climber is missing. This is not the first time that a climber has succumbed to this fate. At 8,400 mts it is considered to be the highest peak in the world. Roland Yearwood, 50, from Alabama, died from an altitude of about 8,400 metres (27,500 feet) in an area called “death zone” which is known for thin, dangerous air, Murari Sharma of the Everest Parivas trekking company that sponsored his climb said.

“We have confirmation of his death but no other details are known,” Sharma told Reuters in Kathmandu. “It is also unclear if he was on his way up or down from the summit,” he said.

Yearwood’s death comes a day after 26-year-old Indian climber Ravi Kumar went missing in the same area during his descent from the peak.

He was a part of a 16-member trekking team led by American climber Dan Mazur that was climbing the normal Southeast Ridge route from the Nepali side of the mountain.

Nepal has cleared 370+ climbers this year.