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Everest is the ultimate mountaineering "trophy," but the rising number of inexperienced climbers attempting to tackle the summit are running huge risks to reach the top of the world.Critics warn that bargain operators, who have slashed the price of an Everest ticket to as low as $20,000, accept even the most inexperienced climbers.Guy Cotter, who has been guiding on Everest for 27 years, warned that many new climbers lack experience.Tenzing Norgay, the first man to summit Everest together with New Zealander Edmund Hillary in 1953, only reached the top on his seventh attempt.Horne paid $70,000 to climb Everest – his second 8,000 meter mountain – and said it would take years to find the money and time to make another attempt if he fails.Many predicted a turning point after 1996 when eight people died descending from Everest's summit, among them those with limited experience at extreme altitude.Everest guide Ang Tshering Lama, who last year rescued a climber and his guide who refused to turn around and give up his $20,000 fee, pointed the finger at climbers' egos.
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