Skip to comments.Sherpas forced to abandon body of Canadian who died on Everest
Posted on 05/26/2012 9:18:07 AM PDT by jimbo123
Early Saturday morning, sherpas reached the body of Shriya Shah-Klorfine, 33, the Toronto woman who died after reaching the summit of Mount Everest.
But after bringing the remains down from the Balcony to South Col, about 8,000 metres up the mountain, strong winds forced them to abandon the body and head back to camp.
Its unclear when theyll return for the remains.
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I’ve read you have a one-in-thirty chance of dying on a climb of an 8,000 meter peak.
Great way to go. Reach the summit and die of hypoxia or aneurism.
Still, would be a greater success to accomplish the hardest part of the climb....Gettting down safely.
Good for her.
Trying to bring a corpse down from that altitude is nearly impossible from what I’ve read.
Ah I can hear it now............”at least she attained her life’s dream......” stupid people, why? I can think of a lot more fun activities than deliberately risking one’s life in the freezing cold with no oxygen
As the old saying goes: Getting up is optional...getting down is mandatory!
Leave her there. She’ll be better preserved there than anywhere near sea level. Mallory’s body was still intact after almost 80 years. Of course, that was on the NORTH face ...
Reminds me about flying:
Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man....Landing is the first
There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 corpses up there.
and some of these corpses are visible along the route of ascent, on display for climbers to see on their way up. Some have been there for decades, the cold, thin air and low humidity preserving them.
High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed
It was downright ugly on what was going on. A review in part:
a disturbing account of stupidity and greed on the slopes of Mount
Everest watched his expedition disintegrate in a mess of recriminations,
thefts, lies and violence. At the same time, a sociopathic guide was leading
a 69-year-old doctor to his death on the unforgiving slopes. The twin
disasters led Kodas to delve into the commercialization of Mount Everest,
and to discover that such experiences were becoming a depressing norm
the ways in which money and ego have corrupted the traditional cultures of
both mountaineers and their Sherpa guides a painful focus to the
delusions, misunderstandings and indifference that allow climbers to
literally step over the bodies of dying people on their way to the top.
At that altitude it takes every ounce of energy just to put one foot in front of the other. Everest is littered with the frozen remains of experienced, seasoned mountain climbers --and others who thought they could simply buy a ticket to the top.
You can find videos on YouTube of deceased climbers on Everest. Seeing them in person would of course be unsettling, as they are a stark reminder of the risks you are taking, that at one point this very spot was a lonely and deadly. But even in video, it is an unsettlingly odd mixture of death and peace, as whatever weather killed them has now past and the weather is clear once again. You feel for their humanity, yet cannot do anything to save them or even remove their remains. So they get photographed, remembered, and they the climbers move on.
Wow....double tragedy and double stupidity
Shriya was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, and grew up in Mumbai, India, exposed to a diverse mix of South Asian cultures.
She is an entrepreneur, political activist, social worker, and above all, a daring lady.
Shriya gained professional experience in various industries including fashion and food production, hospitality, imports and exports.
In 2000 she took the opportunity to work on cruise ships, traveling around the world. She says “it was tough but I enjoyed every challenge that came my way”.
While aboard she met her life partner, Bruce Klorfine, and after 2 years they decided to get married. After their engagement and wedding in Mumbai, they came to settle in Bruce’s home city of Toronto, Canada.
Today Shriya is the owner and president of SOS Splash of Style Inc., a company recognized as the exclusive importer of Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoors Khazana products in Canada. She is an active member of various social and cultural organizations.
She is the first South Asian woman from Canada to make the attempt to raise the Canadian flag at the top of the worlds highest mountain - Mount Everest. Her ambition is to become Canada’s 4th Canadian woman to make the climb and encouraging the youth and helping SickKids hospital.
She says, “This is my dream and passion, and want to do something for my country. Nothing is impossible in this world, even the word ‘impossible’ says ‘I M POSSIBLE’!
Soembody needs to update her website....
I know of a way to get her down.....PUSH!!! :-D
I’ve posted on another thread concerning the absolute mess they’ve made of Everest.
Just last night on one of the TV NEWS channels they showed the line of people on the trail on their way up.
It was more than 200 climbers strung out in a line hundreds of yards long.
The mountain has been trashed, not counting the bodies along side the trail.
Perhaps twenty years ago, I read a lot on climbing. I used to donate to Scott Fischer's expeditions through a local outdoors shop and still have the donors' t-shirts from expeditions like Cho Oyu, although they're car-washing shirts now.
I seem to remember at one time, 25% of those who summited died on the descent.
For years, Hannelore Schmatz's body marked the 8300 metre mark and her husband, climber Gerhard Schmatz had an outstanding reward to anyone who would bring it down. She was frozen in a sitting position against her pack, right on the Southern Face 'trail.'
A storm finally blew her remains off Everest.
Treat these bodies like burial at sea. Just throw them over the side.
Before you know it, they will be telling you what you can pack your kids for lunch. Whether you can have salt on your table in a restaurant. Whether your own kids can work on your farm. Whether you have to pay for contraception and abortion, even if it violates your religious beliefs. and on and on and on.
That was a weird series of lamps going up.
From that angle, it looked like that was a stream of climbers going up the North East ridge (Mallory’s route).
Unusual as the most popular route, especially for the more touristy types, is via the Western Cwm/South Col route with the bottleneck being the Hillary Step.
Anyone know for sure?
What claptrap! She was passionate about something therefore it was a good idea. (lol) She thought she would get wealth and recognition from writing a book etc etc. Instead she got herself killed. Climbing Everest is not for women
If you don't climb Everest you'll never see it.
If you do climb Everest you'll be adding to it.
So, how is that a problem again?
Watch the video. They go into a cave and find a climber sitting there- still alive! 30 people walked by and said, “See ya later, buddy”, and left him there.
Makes sense. It's a death sentence to try to help somebody down - except for a few Sherpas.
You're at an altitude where human's can't live. Your body is slowly dying. The annals of Everest - in the last two decades - are full of the stories of people who died trying to help others down or died going back trying to help others down.
Hannelore Schmatz didn't die alone. Ray Genet died with her. He wouldn't leave her. She was 100 yards from Camp IV and incredibly fit but couldn't make it the last 100 yards. She just sat down and tried to spend the night . . . and died.
Schmatz is simply more famous because Genet's body was covered with snow so he didn't sit for years as a grisly reminder of death that all Southern Route climbers passed, watching her long hair blow from a dessicated face.
One you reach a certain height on the mountain, you're on your own. When somebody's dying on the way down, that almost always means they're dying (Beck Weathers would be an exception - and my middle daughter and I were lucky enough to have his personal assistance when she worked on a project once on the difficulties of climbing Everest). If you decide to help them, it almost always means you simply decided you want to die with them.
Anatoli Boukreev would be the exception to the "you can't save others' rule.
Excuse the typos and grammar.
I wonder how this very busy woman trained for the climb?
Laz, after he hits it, could bring her back down!