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Traffic jams are just one of the problems facing climbers on Everest

As the last teams leave the mountain, alpinists and pundits argue about how and why things went awry; exclusive new photos

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On Monday, Christopher Kulish, a 62-year-old attorney from Boulder, Colorado, died at Camp 4, located on the South Col at 26,000 feet, after returning from the summit of Mount Everest.

According to Kulish’s brother, an initial assessment indicates Kulish died of cardiac arrest, not altitude sickness.

His death brings the number of fatalities on Mount Everest this season to 11 and…

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