Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Why Are So Many People Dying on Everest? (VIDEO)

That's a good question, from Adam Minter, at Bloomberg:

In 2012, the mountaineer Ralf Dujmovits captured a now-iconic photo of dozens of climbers ascending Everest in a virtual conga line. Ten people would die that year under clear skies, most because the large crowds meant that climbers were stuck in the high-altitude, low-oxygen “death zone” below the summit while waiting to ascend or descend. If a climber spends too much time there, the chances of succumbing to a fatal version of altitude sickness increases substantially. That appears to be what happened to at least three of the climbers who’ve died over the last several days.
Well, maybe leftist virtue-signalling has something to do with it.

At WaPo, "Woman trying to prove ‘vegans can do anything’ among four dead on Mount Everest."