first_imgA second Dutch climber, Niels van Buren, also scaled A second Dutch climber, Niels van Buren, also scaled Everest on Friday to become the first patient suffering with multiple sclerosis (MS) to reach the top “after an intense journey of two months,” his organisers Mission Summit said.Van Buren, 37, has been in intensive training for three years for the ascent, which he hoped would raise awareness of MS and money for research into the disease.”It all feels a little unreal,” Van Buren said in a statement posted on the Mission Summit website. “…Slowly I come to realize that I stood on top of the world.”Nepal issued 289 permits to foreign mountaineers for this years brief spring climbing season, which runs from mid-April to the end of May, after two consecutive failed seasons.Hundreds of climbers fled Everest last year after an earthquake-triggered avalanche at base camp killed 18 people.Only one climber summited the mountain in 2014 after an avalanche killed 16 Nepali guides that year.Since the first summit of Everest in 1953, more than 300 people, most of them Nepali, have died on Everest and Lhotse, which share the same route until Camp 3 at 7,200 metres.Mountaineering is a major revenue-earner for the impoverished Himalayan nation but last years earthquake, which killed almost 9,000 people, threatened the future of the countrys climbing and trekking industry. AFP AH AHlast_img