BREAKING NEWS: Australian man found unconscious on Everest fights for life after ten climbers died on the mountain in just nine days
- Australian climber in hospital after he was found unconscious on Mount Everest
- Man was rescued by crew members from Tibet Himalaya Expedition Company
- According to Chinese media, he was found at an altitude of 7,500 metres
- Australian Government says they are providing assistance to man in hospital
An Australian climber is fighting for life after he was found unconscious on Mount Everest – where 10 climbers have died in nine days.
The man was rescued at an altitude of 7,500 metres, on the northern slopes, about 7pm on Wednesday, according to China Daily.
Four crew members from the Tibet Himalaya Expedition Company brought the unidentified man down part of the mountain Wednesday evening.
He was reportedly out of consciousness and in a critical condition.
The news comes as 10 climbers died at Everest in nine days, with locals blaming clogged up routes for the toll. Pictured: Climbers queue to stand on the summit of Everest on May 22
By Thursday morning, the climber had been taken to Base Camp where he was then transported to hospital.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said they are ‘providing consular assistance to an Australian man hospitalised in Kathmandu’ in a statement to ABC.
The Australian climber has reportedly stabilised.
The news comes as 10 climbers died at Everest in nine days, with locals blaming clogged up routes for the toll.
Climbers waiting in queues while climbing are 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.
The route up the mountain includes several large obstacles including a huge moving glacier near to base camp as shown in the map above
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.
British climber Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died in the ‘death zone’ – known for low oxygen levels – on his descent after speaking of his worries about overcrowding on 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 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.
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
‘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.’
Record numbers of climbers are cramming on to the piste during the spring season’s good weather.