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Originally published Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 10:17 AM

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Roskelley: 4 Everest deaths no surprise

The death of four people on Mount Everest amid a traffic jam of climbers scrambling to reach the top was not a surprise to veteran climber John Roskelley of Spokane.

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SPOKANE, Wash. —

The death of four people on Mount Everest amid a traffic jam of climbers scrambling to reach the top was not a surprise to veteran climber John Roskelley of Spokane.

He says the problem is there is no one to direct traffic near the top of the mountain. As a result, climbers all charge for the summit when there is a good weather day.

Roskelley says there are bottlenecks on both the north and south sides of the summit, where stalled climbers start to freeze and can eventually get hypothermic.

He says a solution would be to limit the number of people who reach the bottleneck areas at one time.

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