An Australian explorer who had almost died on Mount Everest tried to reach the top without oxygen.
Gilian Lee was rescued by alpine experts from the Tibet Himalaya Expedition Company, who was lying unconscious on the mountain at an altitude of 7,500 meters on Wednesday afternoon.
With the help of ropes, and allegedly a yak, the group was able to take him back to the base camp, where he was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition.
It is thought that Mr. Lee intended to reach the top without oxygen. He had completed a top of 8000 meters, Manaslu, without oxygen before that.
Whether he has reached the summit of Everest or not is unknown.
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Gillian Lee (photo) has been identified as the Australian climber who was found unconscious on Mount Everest on Wednesday. He had tried to climb the mountain without oxygen
The man was rescued (pictured) at an altitude of 7,500 meters, on the northern slopes, around 7 p.m. on Wednesday
Four crew members of the Tibet Himalaya Expedition Company brought Mr. Lee to a part of the mountain on Wednesday evening (photo)
The news comes as ten climbers died at Everest in nine days, with the locals blaming clogged routes for the toll. Pictured: climbers stand in line to be at the top of Everest on May 22
Mr. Lee told Facebook friends that his plans to climb the mountain on May 9 were delayed by strong winds, and revealed why he chose to climb without oxygen.
When someone asked if he was tempted to use oxygen and just get it done, Mr. Lee replied: & NEVER! I would not do it. & # 39;
& # 39; I might as well cut off 50 percent of the mountain height, & # 39; he said.
The day before he was found, Mr. Lee had told Twitter followers that he had had a rough night due to a & # 39; persistent breast infection & # 39 ;.
On Thursday morning the climber was taken to the base camp, where he was subsequently taken to the hospital.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said they provide consular assistance to an Australian man admitted to Kathmandu & # 39; in a statement to Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; For privacy reasons, we cannot provide further details & # 39 ;, they said.
Lee is now supposed to be in a stable state, and friends reporting that his organs closed during the trial are starting to work again, and are expected to leave the ICU in the coming days.
The news comes after ten climbers died in Everest in nine days, with the locals blaming the clogged routes for the death toll.
Climbers waiting in line while climbing, suck up the limited oxygen supply of mountain climbers and expose them to the harder winds for longer.
The route on the mountain includes several major obstacles, including a huge moving glacier near the base camp, as indicated on the map above
The 10 climbers who have died on Everest in the last nine days
May 16: The Irish professor Séamus Lawless was missing on 16 May after allegedly falling.
The search has since been canceled and he is supposed to be dead.
This week: Four Indians, one Austrian, one American and one person from Nepal died on Everest.
Friday: Irish Kevin Hynes, 56, died on the northern part of Tibet from the mountain.
The father of two died in his tent at 23,000 feet in the descent after turning back before he reached the top.
Saturday: Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, collapsed and died just 150 meters from the top.
Walking officials attributed the most deaths to weakness, exhaustion and delays on the busy route to the 29,030 feet (8,850 meters) summit.
British climber Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died in the & # 39; death zone & # 39; – known for his low oxygen level – during his descent on Saturday after he talked about his concerns about overcrowding on & # 39; the world's highest mountain.
In one of his latest posts on social media, he told how he had changed his plans to make the & # 39; fatal & # 39; avoid crowds.
He said: & # 39; With a single route to the top, delays due to overcrowding can be fatal, so I am hopeful that my decision to go before the 25th will mean fewer people. Unless everyone plays the same waiting game. & # 39;
Fisher was described as an & # 39; aspirational adventurer & # 39; who & # 39; lived life to the fullest & # 39; in a statement from his family.
Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died in the & # 39; death zone & # 39; from Mount Everest – known for its low oxygen level and had previously been told about his concerns about overcrowding on the mountain
Irish climber Kevin Hynes, 56, died in the tent at 7,000 meters in the early hours of Friday after turning back before he reached the summit.
The father of the two was part of a group from the British climbing company 360 Expeditions that tried to scale Everest.
His death comes a week after Professor Trinity College Seamus Lawless, 39 and Bray, Co Wicklow, fell from the peak on his descent with a lifelong ambition to reach the top.
The search for Mr Lawless has been canceled.
An American climber, an Austrian climber and two Indian climbers are reportedly deceased.
Seamus Lawless 39, from Bray, Ireland, fell during his descent from the peak achieved a lifelong ambition to reach the peak. Above: Mr Lawless after scaling Alaska & Mount Denali's 20,000 m high last summer
Fisher was the tenth fatal victim of Everest in the current climbing season that ends this month and the 18th in the Nepalese Himalayas in the same period.
Record numbers of climbers climb the slopes during the good weather of spring.
There are 41 teams with a total of 378 climbers who are allowed to climb the mountain during the spring climbing season in Nepal that starts around March.
An equal number of Nepalese guides help them reach the top.
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