Is It Time to Close Everest, or Pave It?

Relatives of Mount Everest avalanche victims wait for the bodies of family members to arrive at the Sherpa Monastery in Kathmandu on April 19 Photograph by Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images

The avalanche disaster on Mount Everest on April 18 left 13 dead (three are still missing) and several more injured, generating familiar-sounding headlines. But it’s not the latest version of the tragic farces we’ve come to expect from the world’s tallest peak.

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