Nepal/China - 10 People in 9 Days Die on Mt. Everest as 320 pack dense trail "death zone", May 2019

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  1. Snoods

    Snoods Well-Known Member

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    Trudie Well-Known Member

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    NEW DELHI — Ed Dohring, a doctor from Arizona, had dreamed his whole life of reaching the top of Mount Everest. But when he summited a few days ago, he was shocked by what he saw.

    Climbers were pushing and shoving to take selfies. The flat part of the summit, which he estimated at about the size of two Ping-Pong tables, was packed with 15 or 20 people. To get up there, he had to wait hours in a line, chest to chest, one puffy jacket after the next, on an icy, rocky ridge with a several-thousand foot drop.

    ‘It Was Like a Zoo:’ Death on an Unruly, Overcrowded Everest
     
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  3. drama_farmer

    drama_farmer "It's never just a mannequin"

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    I think that "summit fever" effects many who understand, but easily forget that the summit is not the real end of the climb. It's only half way. Moo
     
  4. Snoods

    Snoods Well-Known Member

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    Interesting article posted by @Trudie.

    Sounds like fun.

    ‘It Was Like a Zoo:’ Death on an Unruly, Overcrowded Everest
     
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  5. Snoods

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    RSBM We need a separate thread strictly for people who die taking risky selfies.
     
  6. Trudie

    Trudie Well-Known Member

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    For sure. Seems like a daily event.
     
  7. gregjrichards

    gregjrichards Well-Known Member

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    I do not understand the appeal of climbing Everest it is not something worth risking your life over. I would not do it even if paid any amount. The video of the queue at the top is absolute madness
     
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    It looks like the line for a ride at Disneyworld. They should set up a "fastpass" system.
     
  9. Trudie

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    Maybe two lines, depending on one’s vitals?

    Even a few kids have climbed. That’s nuts. Talk about child abuse. Iirc, an 11 or 13yo made it a couple years ago.
    Maybe his parents used his college fund.
     
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    At least the Nepalese government has decided that Everest is no longer ADA accessible to blind and double amputee climbers.

    http://www.ladbible.com/news/news-t...l-no-longer-be-able-to-climb-everest-20171230
     
  11. Snoods

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    Soon people will be pushing their infants and toddlers up Mt. Everest in oversized strollers. Wearing puffy jackets, of course. Because safety.
     
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    The grossest part is that people have to pass dead bodies of others on the way up to the top. It is hard enough for people to climb in the "death zone", evacuation of dead bodies just isn't going to happen. And now, there are 10 more, new "landmarks".
     
  13. Snoods

    Snoods Well-Known Member

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    Nothing about any of this sounds appealing. IMO.

    A 2013 National Geographic article wrote about the dangerous overcrowding and disgusting pollution on Everest.

    Climbers leave behind thousands of pounds of human excrement each season and discard tons of debris on the mountain.

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    Shocking images reveal how tourists have transformed Mount Everest into a ‘disgusting’ wasteland | Daily Mail Online

    The shocking true impact of tourism on Mount Everest | Metro News

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...ount-everest-a-fecal-time-bomb/?noredirect=on
     
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    Yes, I can see this happening one day. To get the ultimate family selfie. Kids will be correctly strapped in their snow-stroller, right?
     
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    Maybe it can be made as socially unacceptable as smoking.

    The area needs money. So what else can they do? Something must be done for this absurd situation

    I feel the same way about marathon runners. Nice for them but who cares!

    They throw empty cups of water that they are given along the route. They poop in people’s yards. They do contribute financially for hotels and other tourist things but to me it is very self centered.
     
  17. Trudie

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    Ita.
    I think I heard of yet another death on Mt. (Deatherest) Everett. Need to check the news to be sure.
     
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    angelainwi Certified Trauma Counselor

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    I heard the same. It was either on CNN or MSNBC, the 11th death
     
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    KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An American climber died on the descent from the summit of Mount Everest on Monday, a Nepalese official said, taking the number of dead or missing mountaineers on the world’s highest mountain to nine on the Nepali side during the current climbing season.

    Christopher John Kulish, 61, scaled the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) peak from the normal Southeast Ridge route in the morning but died suddenly at South Col after descending from the summit, Mira Acharya, a Nepal tourism department official said.

    American climber dies on descent from summit of Mount Everest - Reuters

    If this continues, Vegas will take bets on how many die in May climbing excursions, I’m afraid.
     
  20. mickey2942

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    Interesting perspective. And very perceptive. People who are in training for a personal goal often have tunnel vision, ignoring family members. Hours of training, money, travel, all for the personal goal...ignoring family needs.

    Not unlike a couple who climbed Everest several years ago, both died, leaving their child an orphan.
     

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