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Climbing fatalities, 1900–2006

Climbing fatalities, 1900–2006

The figures for the average number of deaths from mountaineering in each decade since 1900 reflect the big increase in the number of people climbing since the 1960s. The reasons for the decline in the number of deaths since the 1980s are less clear. Factors which may have had an influence include better equipment, heightened publicity about the risks, and improved rescue services.

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Source: New Zealand Mountain Safety Council

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John Wilson, 'Mountaineering - Climbing faces', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/10509/climbing-fatalities-1900-2006 (accessed 21 March 2019)

Story by John Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 2 Feb 2017