A Breed Apart


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Good question.

Once you get past the adrenalin-junkie/adventure-lover/extreme sports addict malarkey, you’re left with one explanation: lunacy.  Why else would someone deliberately engage in a past time that will likely kill them?

There are over 200 bodies on Mount Everest alone.  One out of every 4 climbers will die attempting to summit K2.  The total number of dead bodies on the eight-thousanders–the 14 mountains that rise more than 8,000 meters above sea level–likely number in the thousands.  Almost all climbers who succumb to the elements or fall to their deaths are left behind, since there’s no way of getting them down.  You would think the sight of all these bodies would be kind of a deterrent.  Apparently not.  Year after year, summit hopefuls step over the bodies of their fallen comrades as casually as stepping off a curb.  Mountain-climbers are a peculiar breed.

Pictured below are some of the more notable remains.  God bless their crazy souls,  every one of them.

 

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George Mallory’s remains, found some 75 years later, remarkably preserved.

 

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Known as the Green Boot Man, this poor fellow succumbed under a ledge on Everest.

 

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This unfortunate climber probably fell against a snow drift. The drift is gone, but his body remains forever resting against its phantom edge.

 

Shah's body at 27,000 feet.

Shriya Shaw reached the Everest summit  (see below) May 1212. A few hours later she was dead. It’s reported that her last words were “save me.”

 

Shriya Shah on the summit.

Shriya Shaw, at the summit.

 

Congestion at the summit means no-one can move, up or down.

Congestion at the summit means climbers miss their weather window to descend safely.

 

 

Beck Weathers, a former pathologist, almost died on Everest during the terrible tragedy of 1996. Frostbite took his nose and hands.

Beck Weathers, a former pathologist, almost died on Everest during the terrible tragedy of 1996. Frostbite took his nose and hands.

I’ll never understand mountain climbers.  If they want a thrill they could drive the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) during rush hour.  At least they wouldn’t get frost bite.

 

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