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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Bruce » Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:20 am

Vegans Can:

Do Anything
Climb Mt. Everest
Eat Meat
Walk on the moon
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Fight a bull
Go deep-sea diving

Hmm. Maybe they should start with less lofty goals, like lift a 10 lb weight or climb a ladder....
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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue May 22, 2018 6:29 am

Everest claims another:

Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki dies on eighth Everest attempt
(CNN)A Japanese climber who lost nearly all his fingers on Everest has died on his eighth attempt to summit the mountain.
Nobukazu Kuriki, in his mid-thirties, fell ill and was descending on Monday when his team lost contact with him, his team said on Facebook.
"Kuriki stopped responding to radio communication and we couldn't see his headlamp when we looked up from the bottom in the dark," the post said.

"The team near Camp 2 climbed up his route to search for him and discovered Kuriki who passed away due to low body temperature," it added. He had reached 7,400 meters.
Probably means his body will remain there like so many others.
Kuriki's suffered serious damage from frostbite during his 2012 attempt on Everest's West Ridge, losing all but one of his fingers. He could use his right thumb for grip but wasn't able to fully use an ice axe -- a critical part of a mountaineer's safety equipment.
Kuriki was no stranger to Everest's extreme conditions, from both the Chinese and Nepalese sides of the mountain.
In 2009, Chinese officials ordered him off the mountain before he could complete his climbing schedule.
Bad weather and a fatal accident with his crew ended a 2010 attempt from the Nepalese side of the mountain.
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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Doctor X » Tue May 22, 2018 12:03 pm

Hmmm . . . after nearly two years . . . he sacrificed his body then his life for a goal he never achieved.

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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Bruce » Wed May 23, 2018 12:17 am

The road to the summit of Everest is paved with frozen intentions.
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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Witness » Wed May 23, 2018 3:01 am

Read there is such an enthusiasm for ascending the Everest that there is a sherpa shortage. :mrgreen:

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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed May 23, 2018 2:48 pm

Suppose one wishes to stand on the summit of Everest just to see what it looks like from up there, but doesn't care about all that "because it's there" shit.

Could one go up in a helicopter or something like that?

I mean without being an aviation daredevil, just ride up easy? 8)
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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Rob Lister » Wed May 23, 2018 3:02 pm

In 2005, Eurocopter claimed a helicopter landing on the summit of Everest. It was a serial Ecureuil/AStar AS 350 B3 piloted by the Eurocopter X test pilot Didier Delsalle. They reported landing on the summit for 2 minutes before returning to Lukla.
http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2013/03 ... n-everest/

I've got a little trouble believing that.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurocopte ... al_history
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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed May 23, 2018 3:25 pm

I was thinking along the lines of having regular service in a craft more like this.

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Maybe even build a small luxury hotel up there (with a pressurized cabin of course). :coolspecs:
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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu May 24, 2018 4:30 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Suppose one wishes to stand on the summit of Everest just to see what it looks like from up there, but doesn't care about all that "because it's there" shit.

Could one go up in a helicopter or something like that?

I mean without being an aviation daredevil, just ride up easy? 8)
I doubt it, not with most helicopters.

You see, the air is so thin up there, helicopters cannot fly that high. That's also why you can't even be rescued by helicopter in an emergency, except for farther down the slope.
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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Anaxagoras » Mon May 27, 2019 3:47 am

Ten more people have died last week. Too many people trying to summit on the same day. May seems to be the most popular month for climbing Everest.

‘It was like a zoo': Climbers reveal 'Lord of Flies' experience of overcrowded Everest
New Delhi: Ed Dohring, a doctor from Arizona, had dreamt his whole life of reaching the top of Mount Everest. But when he reached the summit 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 table-tennis 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 metre drop.
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A picture by climber Nirmal Purja shows heavy traffic of mountain climbers lining up to stand at the summit of Mount Everest. Credit:Nirmal Purja, Project Possible
He even had to step around the frozen body of a woman who had just died.

"It was scary," he said by telephone from Kathmandu, Nepal, where he was resting in a hotel room. "It was like a zoo."

This has been one of the deadliest climbing seasons on Everest, with at least 10 deaths. And at least some seem to have been avoidable.

The problem hasn't been avalanches, blizzards or high winds. Veteran climbers and industry leaders blame having too many people on the mountain, in general, and too many inexperienced climbers, in particular.

Fly-by-night adventure companies are taking up untrained climbers who pose a risk to everyone on the mountain. And the Nepalese government, hungry for every climbing dollar it can get, has issued more permits than Everest can safely handle, some experienced mountaineers say.

Add to that Everest's inimitable appeal to a growing body of thrill-seekers the world over. And the fact that Nepal, one of Asia's poorest nations and the site of most Everest climbs, has a long record of shoddy regulations, mismanagement and corruption.

The result is a crowded, unruly scene reminiscent of "Lord of the Flies"— at 8800 metres. At that altitude, a delay of even an hour or two can mean life or death.

To reach the summit, climbers shed every pound of gear they can and take with them just enough canisters of compressed oxygen to make it to the top and back down. It is hard to think straight at that altitude, climbers say.

According to Sherpas and climbers, some of the deaths this year were caused by people getting held up in the long lines on the last 300 metres or so of the climb, unable to get up and down fast enough to replenish their oxygen supply. Others were simply not fit enough to be on the mountain in the first place.
Imagine reaching the summit of Everest and then having to wait in a queue for hours just for a few moments on the tippy top. Well, the traffic jam itself seems to be deadly this time.
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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by gnome » Mon May 27, 2019 4:03 am

Now I'm imagining a sort of cable car with a pressurized cabin... or is that similarly impractical?
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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Anaxagoras » Mon May 27, 2019 4:22 am

Technically possible I suppose, but building it would not be easy. And purists would hate the idea.
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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Doctor X » Mon May 27, 2019 6:04 am

"Died waiting in line."

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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by ed » Mon May 27, 2019 10:15 am

If there is a line then it isn't special.

An axiom.

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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Bruce » Mon May 27, 2019 10:53 am

It's easy to forget that the air and bacteria count up there is so low that those bodies will be there for thousands of years. Imagine explorers in the distant future, making it to the top of the world's tallest mountain for the first time and discovering piles of dead bodies and selfie sticks.
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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by ed » Mon May 27, 2019 10:55 am

Bruce wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 10:53 am
It's easy to forget that the air and bacteria count up there is so low that those bodies will be there for thousands of years. Imagine explorers people using a port-o-potty up there, in the distant future, making it to the top of the world's tallest mountain for the first time and discovering piles of dead bodies and selfie sticks.
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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by sparks » Mon May 27, 2019 4:17 pm

Sequestering carbon.

A fucking line to get to the top of Everest. Jeesus there are just too many peeps on this rock. They're working on the same for Challenger Deep.
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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Bruce » Mon May 27, 2019 6:18 pm

sparks wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 4:17 pm
A fucking line to get to the top of Everest. Jeesus there are just too many peeps on this rock.
To be fair, they paid good money for this tour. They want their souvenir.

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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Pyrrho » Mon May 27, 2019 11:03 pm


The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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Re: 200 Dead On Everest

Post by Anaxagoras » Mon May 27, 2019 11:08 pm

I mean, where else does a person drop dead and everyone else just keeps going about their business, stepping over the body.
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