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.
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.