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  • Mountaineering
  • Climbing Everest is the extreme sport du jour
  • More people are reaching the summit, but more people are dying on the way, too
  • Everest, Inc. By Will Cockrell. Gallery Books; 352 pages; $29.99 and £20

    CLIMBING MOUNT EVEREST used to be a feat of staggering bravery, endurance and skill. In the 40 years after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first reached the summit in 1953, an average of 12 people a year followed in their footsteps. In 2023 more than 1,200 people attempted the climb, with 655 making it to the top.

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