On May 10, 1996, eight climbers died trying to summit Mount Everest, Nepal, one of the worst single-day death toll in the mountain’s history.
 
First successfully summited in 1953, climbing technology and experienced Sherpas and mountaineer guides have made ascending Mount Everest the ultimate in “adventure tourism.” Hundreds of people try to climb the mountain every year—658 reached the summit in 2013 alone. Not all of these climbers are adequately prepared for the expedition.
 
On May 10, 1996, 33 professional and amateur mountaineers attempted to reach the highest point on Earth. Guide ropes had not been fixed, and there was a traffic jam of climbers near the summit. A storm set in as the climbers and their guides slowly made the ascent. The storm developed into a blizzard, trapping many climbers on the mountain. Even experienced mountaineers fell victim to the thin air, freezing temperatures, and impossibly harsh weather on the “top of the world.”
adequate
Adjective

suitable or good enough.

amateur
Adjective

person who studies and works at an activity or interest without financial benefit or being formally trained in it.

ascend
Verb

to go up.

blizzard
Noun

storm with high winds, intense cold, heavy snow, and little rain.

expedition
Noun

journey with a specific purpose, such as exploration.

mountaineer
Noun

someone who climbs mountains.

Sherpa
Noun

people and culture native to the Himalayan region of Nepal and China, who often serve as mountaineer guides and porters on mountain-climbing expeditions.

summit
Verb

to reach the highest point of a mountain.

technology
Noun

the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.

Noun

degree of hotness or coldness measured by a thermometer with a numerical scale.

toll
Noun

amount of loss or suffering from an event.

tourism
Noun

the industry (including food, hotels, and entertainment) of traveling for pleasure.

traffic
Noun

movement of many things, often vehicles, in a specific area.

ultimate
Adjective

final or maximum.

Noun

state of the atmosphere, including temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind, humidity, precipitation, and cloudiness.