The mighty Mount Everest and its scary list of the dead
Climbing the highest peak in the world is a challenge indeed and Mount Everest tests even the hardened climbers. Yet the peak has attracted numerous climbers over the past few decades with many of them being Sherpa who are native to the region. The strange fact is that these Sherpa or porters have climbed the peak several times, yet fell prey to the mountain. Many people have lost their lives while climbing the Mount Everest.
1 Deadly death zone
Since the first summit of the peak by Edmund Hillary in 1953, Mount Everest has been climbed successfully by over 4,000 climbers. Many of these have lost their life in a particular stretch of mountain which is known by the name of death zone. The climb to the top is so difficult that around 200 climbers have never returned back from this peak.
A scary fact of this story is that bodies of over 150 people who never came back have not been found.
2 An emotional saga
The climb to the top of this peak has always been an emotional saga for the hardened mountaineers who return to summit the peak, if they fail in climbing the same in one attempt. Getting the bodies of mountaineers who died while climbing the peak is a tough task in itself as these bodies weight over 200 pounds. Often these get frozen; they get lodged in the mountain face firmly.
3 A scary experience
It could indeed be a scary experience for the climbers to ascend Mount Everest as if any fatal mishap occurs on the peak as it will only take half an hour for the body of the climber to freeze. In only four hours, the body gets frozen into the mountain surface and it is virtually impossible to carry it back to the base camp.
The real challenge for the mountaineers is to get across the death zone. This region is over 26,000 feet and this region has oxygen level at roughly one-third of that available at sea level. This makes it more treacherous even for a seasoned climber.
4 Bleak Safety Record
It is not as if deaths on Mount Everest are uncommon. The most recent of the accidents occurred in 2015 when an earthquake struck the base camp. 22 mountaineers were killed in this incident. Prior to this, an accident occurred in 1996 when 15 people died while climbing the peak. The death toll on this peak until date is 275. Over 6,958 people have climbed the peak so far and 4% of these or 275 have fallen prey to the icy heights of the summit.
5 Interesting facts about the peak
- Though Edmund Hillary in 1953 was the first person to reach the top of the peak, doubts still persist if he was able to reach to the top.
- 2015 was the year when no one was able to reach the top of the peak as was 1974.
- Interestingly Mount Everest is named after George Everest. He was a surveyor who infact had never seen the peak.
- Peter Hillary, the son of Edmund Hillary, the first man to summit the peak also climbed the same in 1990.
- The rock at the summit of the peak used to be a sea bed around 450 million years ago.
- Jordan Romero who climbed the peak at an age of 13 was the youngest person ever to summit the peak.
- Yuichiro Miura of Japan, who climbed the peak at 80 years was the oldest person to climb the peak.