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En route to the summit, climbers experience a bottleneck below the Hillary Step. Expedition leader Scott Fischer took this photo on his ascent from the South Summit, during the much-publicized Everest tragedy of May 1996. Too many climbers on the same route can create dangerous bottlenecks on summit day. Fischer lost his life on Everest in 1996.

Photograph by Scott Fischer

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