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Injured soldiers, civilians, ready for Everest climb
National Post ^ | October 5, 2012 | Jen Gerson

Posted on 10/06/2012 1:24:29 PM PDT by Squawk 8888

A team of 24 is expected to arrive in Kathmandu on Sunday, en route to the high peaks of the Himalayas to raise awareness for Canadian soldiers injured at war — and inspire anyone suffering from similar mental and physical scars.

The True Patriot Love expedition — 13 soldiers, a doctor and 10 civilians — left on Friday. They will eventually climb to the Mount Everest base camp, and then on to Island Peak. All the while, several trekkers, soldiers Master Cpl. Peter Burcew and Cpl. David Macdonald and civilians Scott Kress and Shaun Francis, will blog the trip here.

Many are climbing in memory of fallen comrades, or peers too injured to attempt a similar trek. So far, the expedition has raised $400,000 for the foundation, which helps injured soldiers.

“People who were injured physically, mentally in Afghanistan, they will see what we can do. I won’t say it’s like Terry Fox, but they will see that even if we are injured, the sky is the limit,” Cpl. François Dupere, 32, said from his Montreal home this week.

“I think, maybe, this will be the challenge of my life.”

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1 posted on 10/06/2012 1:24:31 PM PDT by Squawk 8888
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To: Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; Cannoneer No. 4; ...

Canada Ping!


2 posted on 10/06/2012 1:27:41 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888
It ain't a walk in the park

Mt. Everest Getting De-Corpsed Finally, folks are heading up the mountain to clean up Mt. Everest, which is littered with trash… much of it in the form of handily-frozen dead bodies


3 posted on 10/06/2012 1:44:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Squawk 8888

“— and inspire anyone suffering from similar mental and physical scars....”

These people are NUTS!!!

I hope my tax money does not go into saving their lives when they get into trouble.


4 posted on 10/06/2012 1:51:11 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: JoeProBono

I hope they find Andrew Irvine...and his camera


5 posted on 10/06/2012 2:14:07 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: South Dakota

Everest expedition to find Irvine's remains slammed as 'distasteful' Andrew Irvine's relatives join Everest experts in condemning 'blatant commercialisation' of expedition to recover his remains

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/07/everest-expedition-irvine-remains-distasteful


6 posted on 10/06/2012 2:27:02 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Squawk 8888
Mount Everest descent claims Canadian woman, 2 others: Nepal-born Toronto resident reported among dead- The Associated Press

Posted: May 21, 2012


7 posted on 10/06/2012 2:40:52 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

How sad. I would want my relative back.


8 posted on 10/06/2012 2:41:01 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

They are just going to base camp.


9 posted on 10/06/2012 2:42:23 PM PDT by GregB (Sarah please help Mr Smith beat Bob(Baby killer)Casey!!)
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To: GregB

Thank you for the correction. I misunderstood.

My best to you.


10 posted on 10/06/2012 2:46:53 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Everest: ‘The open graveyard waiting above’

Too many adventurers want to scale the world’s highest peak—even if it means their deaths
Mount Everest is the world’s highest garbage dump—and graveyard.

It is littered with abandoned tents and tin cans discarded half a century ago and empty oxygen tanks and 150-200 dead bodies.

And every time a climber reaches the summit of Everest and descends to tell the tale, he or she has climbed past those abandoned tents and discarded tin cans and empty oxygen tanks and scores of dead bodies — twice. Once on the way up and once on the way down.

When Toronto climber Shriya Shah-Klorfine died of exhaustion and lack of oxygen last Saturday somewhere above 8,300 metres — in what they call “the death zone” — she was not unique among climbers who have succumbed on the mountain.

She was possibly Everest Death No. 231 or 232 or 233 or 234 or 235 or 236 — or maybe even 237 or 238 or 239 or 240. Nobody knows for sure. Two other climbers are known to have perished on Everest the day Shriya Shah-Klorfine died and three more the following day. More were helped to safety by Sherpa guides and other climbers or the death toll would have been even higher.

As a general rule of thumb, one climber dies on Everest for every 10 who reach the summit.

About 50 of those dead bodies have been recovered and brought down from the mountain — always at extreme cost, sometimes at the expense of others’ lives. The rest are still on the mountain. Some are lost forever in crevasses or blown over sheer drops into space, others are frozen in time, within sight of the desperate living climbers moving past them.

There is an area just below the summit known as Rainbow Valley — because of the number of corpses there still clad in their bright down climbing jackets.

Veteran summiteer David Brashears, who led the IMAX filming expedition to the top of Everest in 1996, has called it “the open graveyard waiting above.”

For all of the 1980s and most of the 1990s, the skeletal remains of climber Hannelore Schmatz sat within sight of any climber on the southern route, leaning against her backpack with her eyes wide open and hair blowing in the gale-force winds.

Nepalese police inspector Yogendra Bahadur Thapa and Sherpa guide Ang Dorje fell to their deaths in 1984 while trying to recover her body. Eventually, in the late 1990s, high winter winds finally blew her remains over the Kangshung Face.

Shriya Shah-Klorfine will almost certainly not be another Hannelore Schmatz. Reports from Everest say attempts are being made to recover her body from the death zone to be returned to her family in Canada.

Despite the deaths and the ghastly trail of unrecovered bodies, the number of people who want to climb Mount Everest increases every year.

With a climbing season of about two months, the highest mountain in the world is just not high enough to accommodate everyone who wants to climb it — even at an estimated average cost of $75,000 per climber. Throw in a few weeks of bad weather — as happened this year in early May — and the dozens of expeditions waiting their turn become a traffic jam on the roof of the world.

If climbers are forced into a holding pattern too long anywhere in the death zone, oxygen supplies are soon exhausted and the choice becomes one of admitting defeat or facing a high possibility of death.

Few climbers in pursuit of their ultimate goal believe they will be the ones to die on Everest until it is too late to save themselves. And so the death toll keeps rising.

Shriya Shah-Klorfine died in such a traffic jam. In part, because of the traffic jam. She was one of an estimated 200 climbers attempting to reach the roof of the world on that blustery, dangerous Saturday.

She made it to the top but did not have enough oxygen or strength to make it back down through the death zone.

Shriya Shah-Klorfine was a victim of her ambition to do something exceptional. No more or less than George Mallory or Andrew Irvine or any of the other 200-plus climbers who have died on Mount Everest and whose bodies are mostly still there as ghastly signposts to the highest point on earth.

The majority of those deaths have occurred on the southern, Nepalese side of the mountain because the Chinese government is far more restrictive about allowing climbers to attempt the summit from the northern, Tibetan side of Everest.

In 2011, the government of Nepal issued 23 permits for foreign teams to climb Mount Everest. Those 23 teams were composed of 234 foreign climbers and 259 high-altitude Sherpa guides. Making the summit were 219 Sherpas and 156 foreign climbers.

In addition, three Nepalese expeditions — which do not require the same permits foreign teams do — made up of 17 climbers and 21 Sherpa guides made the ascent.

Three foreign climbers and one Sherpa guide were known to have died during that 2011 Everest climbing season, a remarkably low death toll. This year seven foreign climbers and three Sherpas have died already — more than double the 2011 toll with more deaths likely still to come.

Sir Edmund Hillary, who conquered Everest with Tenzing Norgay in 1953, called for restrictions on the number of Everest expeditions before his death in 2008.

“I think the whole attitude towards climbing Mount Everest has become rather horrifying,” Hillary said. “The people just want to get to the top. They don’t give a damn for anybody else who may be in distress.”

But any severe restrictions are highly unlikely.

Everest expeditions have become far too important to Nepal’s economy and adventurers from around the world are adamant that they be allowed the same opportunity as Hillary to reach the world’s highest peak — even if it means their deaths or the deaths of others.


11 posted on 10/06/2012 2:56:11 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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12 posted on 10/06/2012 3:01:20 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

My thought till I finished the article...winter at the top is way to bad for an climb to the top..I have a number of books on Everest..1 in 7 die she is unforgiving..


13 posted on 10/06/2012 5:15:46 PM PDT by GregB (Sarah please help Mr Smith beat Bob(Baby killer)Casey!!)
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To: JoeProBono

Thanks for the informative post. I love reading books on Everest. I keep finding more and more.


14 posted on 10/06/2012 5:22:25 PM PDT by GregB (Sarah please help Mr Smith beat Bob(Baby killer)Casey!!)
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To: GregB

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0Ip5wWMMng


15 posted on 10/06/2012 5:34:31 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: GregB

Kinda old flic,but the movie K2 has pretty awesome camera work
Scared the crap outta me and the girl with me like to squeezed
my arm off


16 posted on 10/06/2012 6:43:08 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: JoeProBono

Thank you for the article as horrific and depressing as it was.

Stay away from Everest.


17 posted on 10/07/2012 10:37:15 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: JoeProBono

Wow thanks a lot.I bookmarked it


18 posted on 10/08/2012 6:22:03 AM PDT by GregB (Sarah please help Mr Smith beat Bob(Baby killer)Casey!!)
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To: JoeProBono

Have you read 7 Summits?


19 posted on 10/08/2012 6:23:16 AM PDT by GregB (Sarah please help Mr Smith beat Bob(Baby killer)Casey!!)
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To: Harold Shea

Thanks I will have to watch it. My brother has read a lot of books om Everest/mountain climbing. I will have to tell him of this one. Thanks.


20 posted on 10/08/2012 6:24:57 AM PDT by GregB (Sarah please help Mr Smith beat Bob(Baby killer)Casey!!)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Funny... but I think you should show some respect for those who served and don’t worry, we did not used your taxes... Even if we would have been stuck somewhere on the mountain,the expedition had insurances :-)


21 posted on 07/30/2013 6:31:15 AM PDT by franckybosnie
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