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Climbers ignore overcrowding fears in Everest bid

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More than 200 mountaineers are set to head for the summit of Mount Everest on Friday and Saturday, risking perilous overcrowding just a week after four died on the packed trail in bad weather. 

In this photo, released by Neal Beidleman in 2011, unidentified mountaineers are seen walk past the Hillary Step while pushing for the summit of Everest. More than 200 mountaineers are set to head for the summit of Mount Everest on Friday and Saturday, risking perilous overcrowding just a week after four died on the packed trail in bad weather.

Mountaineers are taking advantage of the spring climbing season, when jet streams that rage over Everest for most of the year abate for a few weeks, allowing a window of opportunity to conquer the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak.

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