A Toronto woman who died on Mount Everest did not heed warnings for her to turn back, according to the Nepalese tour company who organized her expedition.
Ganesh Thakuri, a guide with Utmost Adventure Trekking, said Shriya Shah-Klorfine, who died on Everest this past Saturday, encountered increased traffic on the mountain, where between 250 and 300 climbers were attempting to reach the summit.
Due to poor weather conditions in the week before the climb, Sherpas had only been able to secure one safety rope on the mountain.
"There was only one rope, so there was lots of traffic," said Thakuri. "Sometimes there was lots of traffic, we had to wait 2½ hours for the traffic to pass the route."
Thakuri said he encouraged Shah-Klorfine to turn back and try again for the summit another time but the Canadian climber was too determined to fulfill her dream.
"Myself, I asked her to go back and try next year or some other year," he said. "But she didn’t listen."
Her decision to push on would prove fatal. On her descent, Shah-Klorfine, 33, ran out of oxygen bottles and died.
Overcrowding, inexperience a common Everest problem
Sam Wyatt and Steve Curtis, two Vancouver-based climbers who successfully made the summit trek on May 19, were climbing on the north side of Everest and saw the clog of climbers, which included Shah-Klorfine, venturing up the south side.
Even though the north side was less crowded, Juan Jose Polo Carbayo, a Spanish climber on Curtis and Wyatt’s expedition, died while trying to reach the summit.
"When someone shows up on the mountain and doesn't have their gear together and doesn't know if their crampons fits their boots, they shouldn't be on Everest," said Curtis. "That was the case with Juan when he showed up."
Reports say Sherpas working with Utmost Adventure Trekking will attempt to recover Shah-Klorfine’s body from the mountain later this week, but poor weather conditions could make recovery difficult.
Canadian climber Sandra Leduc, who was forced to turn back on May 19 but plans to make another attempt at the summit this weekend, has tweeted that the sides of Everest seemed "like a morgue."
Shriya Shah-Klorfine in her climbing gear, from a gallery of expedition images she uploaded to her <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ssklorfine" target="_hplink">Facebook page</a>.
Shriya Shah-Klorfine on the climb to base camp, from a gallery of expedition images she uploaded to her <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ssklorfine" target="_hplink">Facebook page</a>.
Shriya Shah-Klorfine sitting inside her tent on base camp, from a gallery of expedition images she uploaded to her <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ssklorfine" target="_hplink">Facebook page</a>.
Shriya Shah-Klorfine practicing on the blue ice wall at base camp, from a gallery of expedition images she uploaded to her <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ssklorfine" target="_hplink">Facebook page</a>.
More Images Of Everest
In this Oct. 27, 2011 file photo, the last light of the day sets on Mount Everest as it rises behind Mount Nuptse as seen from Tengboche, in the Himalaya's Khumbu region, Nepal. A team of American scientists and researchers is setting up a laboratory at Mount Everest to study the effects of high altitude on humans. Team leader Dr. Bruce Johnson and eight other team members flew to the airstrip at Lukla, near Everest, on Friday, April 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer, File)
In this photo taken in October 2009 and released by WWF, Imza Lake lies near the foothills of Mount Everest, near legendary mountaineer Apa Sherpa's old home in Nepal. Apa used to circle along a track skirting the water's edge but the trails have long since disappeared underwater. Apa, who has scaled the world's highest mountain a record 21 times, is on a quest to draw attention to the danger of more devastating floods as glacial melt caused by climate change fills mountain lakes to the bursting point. (AP Photo/WWF, Steve Morgon)
In this photograph taken on May 19, 2009, unidentified mountaineers descend from the summit of Everest. Four climbers have been killed returning from the summit of Mount Everest, tour agents and officials said on May 21, 2012, bringing the season's death toll to six on the world's highest peak. AFP PHOTO/COURTESY OF PEMBA DORJE SHERPA/FILES
A picture taken on February 6, 2012 shows an aerial view of the Mount Everest range, some 140 km (87 miles) north-east of Kathmandu. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMA
Photo taken on September 30, 2010 shows Mount Everest (C) from the window of a Druk Air aircraft during a flight from Bangkok to Paro. Everest is the world's highest mountain above sea level at 8,848 metres (29,029 feet) high. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES
An aerial view the Mount Everest range some 140 km (87 miles) northeast of Kathmandu on January 14, 2011. The government said it aims to double the number of foreign visitors who come to Nepal every year to one million in 2011. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA
A Canadian woman who was climbing Mount Everest the same weekend four others died provided a chilling description of her own perilous journey, saying the mountain seemed "like a morgue." The tweets, below, from Sandra Leduc come as another 200 climbers attempt to scale the 8,850-metre peak between Friday and Sunday, and Nepalese officials say there is little they can do to control the rush. READ MORE