Why Climbers Continue To Die On Mount Everest


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Bodies all over, why? Well, Mount Everest climbers have different causes of death, however here are some of the most common.

via CNN International

Mount Everest is said to be 29,029 feet tall. With that in mind, you might be tempted to think that the top cause of death on the rock is falling, but alack, that’s merely the second most common cause of death. Most persons who die on Everest are slayed in avalanches. The third most prevalent cause of death on Everest is frostbite or exposure, which accounts for roughly 11% of fatalities, closely followed by “acute mountain sickness.” Nearly 27% of the mountain’s deaths are listed as “other,” which could consist of things like pneumonia, rope accidents, falling ice, or even drowning.

The danger of climbing Mount Everest is so serious that one stretch on the north side is dubbed “rainbow ridge,” not due to the fact it’s unicorn-y and cheerful but because majority of the dead bodies are cloaked in brightly colored climbing gear! Too a bit confounding — more individuals die on the way down from the crest than on the way up. Though “route preparation” is dangerous, also. A sum of 120 people have perished while working on the routes, with a fistful more succumbing at base camp, on the way to base camp, or during an evacuation. Thereby, the moral of this fable is: Safety is nonexistent on Mount Everest! Back in 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary beat the odds and became the first confirmed climbers to reach the peak.

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