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More climbers scale Mount Everest

May 30, 2005 at 3:30 PM

KATMANDU, Nepal, May 30 (UPI) -- At least 30 mountaineers this spring joined the select group of 2,249 people who have scaled Mount Everest, Nepal officials told the BBC.

The 30 climbers became the first to reach the 29,035-foot (8,850-meter) peak from the southern slope this season -- the most popular time of the year for climbing the world's highest peak.

Officials said, however, bad weather has thwarted some climbers, with at least two dying because of strong winds and heavy snowfall.

Mount Everest was first conquered by New Zealand's Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay in 1953. A total of 186 people have died since then while trying to scale the mountain, the BBC said.

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