The climbing season of 2006 was the deadliest on record for those attempting to conquer Mount Everest, the
world’s tallest mountain, as more people perished attempting to reach the summit in 2006 than in any other year.
Interestingly, most mountaineering experts attribute the high number of fatalities, almost all of which occurred in
the unforgiving “death-zone” above 26,000 feet, directly to the exceptionally good weather prevalent during the
2006 climbing season. Which of the following, if true, best helps to explain the conclusion of the mountaineering
• All of the forecasts were for extremely bad weather; the good weather was a significant surprise to all of the
• The good weather prompted significantly more people than ever to try to reach the summit and enter the “deathzone,”
many of whom would have turned back at a lower altitude in poorer weather.
• The good weather caused the “death-zone” to have warmer temperatures and less intense winds than in recent
• Modern equipment is particularly effective in protecting climbers from the elements in bad weather.
• Many accomplished climbers don’t attempt Mt. Everest during good weather because they feel it is not a challenge.
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