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Everest climbers will be hooked with GPS device

Everest climbers will be hooked with GPS deviceDuring the next two months, some of those climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest will be given a GPS device as an experiment, The Associated Press reported on Monday.

The GPS devices are needed for two reasons: for climbers safety and to prevent false claims of reaching the summit.

The chief of Nepal's tourism department, Durga Dutta Dhakal, said on Monday that climbers would be hooked with a GPS device during the spring climbing season to track their movement as they attempt to scale the 8,850-meter-high summit.

Hundreds of climbers are expected to attempt to climb the world's highest peak in April and May, but only a few will be fitted with the devices as an experiment.

Last year, an Indian couple claimed they scaled the peak and received a certificate from mountaineering authorities, but it was later determined that they had altered their photo on the summit.
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