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The climbing season of 2006 was the deadliest on record for

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Wonderwoman31, this seems like a fine question.

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. Almost all of these deaths occurred in the unforgiving “death-zone” above 26,000 feet. Oddly, though, the 2006 season enjoyed exceptionally ideal climbing weather compared to more typical years.

Thoughts: 2006 was the deadliest on record, but there were idea conditions. Hmm, how do we resolve this? Well, they tell us that the majority if deaths occurred beyond a certain point, so this is our big clue.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the apparent contradiction in the above passage?

(A) The warmer the weather, the more likely it is that crevasses (deep holes) will open up unexpectedly in the ice. -- Where are we told the weather is warmer? Maybe ideal conditions are cooler. So this doesn't help us.

(B) In 2006, fewer climbing teams than usual were forced to turn back at some point during the ascent prior to reaching the "death-zone." -- Bingo. So more teams hit the zone where most die, therefore we can conclude that more died as a result. This does strengthen our conclusion because the assumption we have to make (on a percentage basis) is far smaller than any assumption we have to make for any other choice. When forced to assume, and it will not happen often, we must go with the tiniest assumption. And this one is fine. We are told that most deaths occur at a certain point, so if more reach that point we know that more will die as a result, based on sheer numbers alone.

(C) In recent years, more amateurs have attempted to climb the world's great peaks, including Everest. --OK, what if only one amateur climbed Everest and what if it wasn't in 2006? This doesn't help our cause.

(D) In 2006, authorities suspended climbs due to inclement weather on fewer days than the average for more typical years. -- Already told us this information in the question, so this doesn't help us.

(E) Although the 2006 season overall enjoyed ideal weather conditions, the one major storm was one of the worst on record. --OK, so this storm hit on the weekend when most climbers were climbing and killed most of those involved? Come on. This assumption is massive and we cannot make it.
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