Skip to comments.At Least 13 Sherpas Dead as Avalanche Sweeps Mount Everest
Posted on 04/18/2014 4:37:13 AM PDT by jimbo123
An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to ascend the world's highest peak, killing at least 13 people in the mountain's deadliest disaster.
NBC News confirmed that all of the dead were Sherpa guides.
The guides had gone early in the morning to fix the ropes for hundreds of climbers when the avalanche hit them just below Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m. local time, Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal told The Associated Press.
Tilak Ram Pandey, an official at the ministry's mountaineering department, later told Reuters that some other people were thought to be missing.
Hundreds of climbers, their guides and support guides had gathered at the base camp, gearing up for their final attempt to scale the 29,035-foot peak early next month when weather conditions get favorable. They have been setting up their camps at higher altitudes and guides fixing routes and ropes on the slopes ahead of the final ascend to the summit in May.
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Who would go to the expense and risk death to climb the World’s Highest Garbage Dump?
Everest is nothing more than an expensive, exotic destination vacation spot for narcissistic rich people
It’s become that. And if you DO climb it, who cares about your bragging? It’s vain.
From the article, I would say hundreds of people, just this week.
I agree, I don’t get it, why would anyone care to do this climb?
If you do a google search you’ll find all kinds of outfitters now doing hikes up Everest. I think they start at about $30,000 per person........
Brag point, or it’s supposed to be a self confidence builder.
Trouble is, it will spiritually go over like a lead balloon if it isn’t for the sake of God.
People want to brag they got to the tip of Mt. Everest, and yet forget that they get on an escalator to heaven when they fall on their knees. Because God gets the glory and that becomes a buzzkill to pride.
My dad flew over from India and back several times in a C-46...
Fine... why did he do that? Sounds like some sort of defense service. Which is typically a godly thing to be in.
It may be expensive, and many may do it for vain glory but it’s still quite an accomplishment. No one gets a ride up to the summit, you have to walk/hike/climb those 29,000 feet. Sure, it’s not quite the accomplishment that Hillary and Nordeg did because there have been trails made since the first time. But it is a great accomplishment. You have to be in superior shape to do this.
There is no problem with vain glory.
Oil of Olay makes millions by selling vain glory
Didn't someone say "Because it's there.?"
He was a pilot in the Army Air Force in the China-Burma-India Campaign of WW II. After the fall of the Burma Road to the Japanese Army, the US supplied Nationalist Chinese and Brit troops fighting in China “over the Hump” from India.
Into Thin Air is being made into a movie for release in 2015.
So on any given day sherpas herd hundreds of extreme tourists up Everest?
That ain't the same thing as what Sir Edmund Hillary did, but I'm sure they think it is.
You must not understand the human spirit...the sense of adventure.
I am positive there were people on the docks in 1492 saying: "I don't get it...why would anyone care to sail THAT journey"...and an equal number of their counterparts in the 1600's as they waived goodbye to their loved ones.
Would never be able to do it. Even if a Sherpa carried me the whole way on his back. (some people have summited that way)
Worst part: the stricken and helpless are often left for dead.
God bless the memory.