May 9, 2018

Bodies On Mt. Everest

Tenzing Norgay died on this date in 1986...he along with Sir Edmund Hillary were the first to reach the peak of Mount Everest...this occurred in 1953..they never said who was actually the first to reach the top...they insisted that they reached it as a ‘team’...however, over 300 other people have not been so fortunate and have died while trying to scale the mountain...there are various reasons for these deaths...injuries from falls, exposure to the extreme cold, avalanches, the collapse of ice, frostbite, or assorted health problems related to climbing on the mountain such as altitude sickness, or pre-existing conditions that were exacerbated by the strenuous climb...and remember that not all bodies have been located, some have been covered up by snow, or bodies have fallen into deep crevices...so details on those particular fatalities are not available...due to the incredible difficulties and inherent dangers in trying to bring the bodies down, most of those who have died on the mountain remain where they fell...sometimes serving as a macabre guidepost to others trying to climb...Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain with an elevation of 29,029 feet and is located in on the border between Tibet and Nepal...higher than almost all the clouds...almost all photographs of Mt. Everest show the mountain under a clear or nearly clear sky….so how does snow get on top of it?...it’s not uncommon for an overcast sky...one with falling snow and extreme winds often in excess of 100 mph...there are few pictures if any of such a thing...no one is able to get a photograph when those conditions occur...the mountain is completely obscured and photographs of it cannot be taken.