EUGENE, Ore. -- Cambra Ward knows Mount Everest better than most. In 2011 the Eugene resident made the journey up to the mountain's base camp around 17,500 feet above sea level. Ward said the 11 deaths that have been reported on the mountain near the summit this year is a tragedy.
"For Nepal, the tourism industry is a huge part of their economy, and so this is very important to them but to what extreme?" Ward said.
According to ABC News, 2019 has been one of the deadliest seasons on record. They report some of the factors include a record number of permits to climb the mountain and a shorter window of good weather conditions that have lead to massive overcrowding in dangerously high elevations.
Ward said she trained for months before making the trek and went with a group of over a dozen people and were accompanied by a guide.
"When we were there in 2011 just trecking to base camp, the trail was pretty populated," Ward said.
Ward and experts said a lack of experience may also be playing a factor in the deadly season. While Ward made the journey to the base camp, she said she never wanted to take the risk to go the summit, which is at 29,029 feet. She is urging other climbers to know their limits.
"I know what my limitations are, and I have a lot of respect for every mountain, and if I'm going to experience it, I want to come home," Ward said.
Ward hasn't hung up her hiking shoes since making the journey to Everest. This past December she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest point.