can kill you,"
as Gary Neptune puts it so well. High Altitude
Mountaineering, such as climbing Everest and these
other 8000 meter peaks is an extremely dangerous
people die every year.
Frankly we cannot think of any more dangerous activity
on earth! Have some climbers like Mike Matthews
to Everest not knowing the risks? We did not speak to
Mike before he went, so we have no idea what Mike knew
or did not know. But, yes some climbers appear not to understand
the risks, or do not take them seriously.
"It just happens to people who make
are so many ways one can die on Everest. In 2002 Babu
Chiri Sherpa, probably the strongest Everest climber
ever, died simply by stepping in the wrong place and
falling into a crevasse.
The weather on Everest arguably has caused more deaths
than any other factor besides bad judgment by
climbers. At least two sources have asked
EverestNews.com to post "free" weather
reports to climbers. We followed both reports in 2000,
and they were horrible. Some climbers appear to rely
on these reports or none at all. Some expeditions like
the IGO 8000 commercial
expeditions use the costly Bracknell reports. The Bracknell reports have proved reliable for
these commercial expeditions on Everest, but one should
note they are forecasts too, and one day their forecast
will probably be wrong too. See
the IGO 8000 story from 2001 for more...
A handful of climbers who are not happy with some of
the oxygen supplied. We have investigated and investigated this.
Much of the oxygen used on Everest is "re-filled
bottles", however, we have found no EVIDENCE that
this oxygen is bad. Yes, oxygen systems have failed
and COULD CAUSE YOU TO DIE ON Everest. Oxygen systems
with new bottles as well as re-filled bottles have
known death has been proven to be caused by an oxygen
supply to our knowledge. However, if you get up high
and your system fails you could die.
Many die on Everest because they are too slow on
Summit day and are late to the Summit. That statement
does not sounds good, but frankly is true. Many of
these climbers are caught in afternoon storms on
Everest on the way down. Were their weather forecasts
Falls and Avalanches: Continue to cause death on
mountains, and probably always will.
than 3,000 people, and counting, have died in Nepal in
the fighting since the
rebels, who draw their inspiration from Chinese
revolutionary leader Mao Tse-tung, began fighting in
1996 from remote mountainous areas. Many
ask us, is it too dangerous to go to Nepal? Well the
who's who, of Mountaineering are going this year
you can see.... But everyone has their own risk level.
What is your risk
Americans will die in the city in car accidents, many
by caused by drunks or crimes, than will die in
Pakistan or Nepal in Spring 2002 due to terror. But
is it safe? Everyone has to make their own judgment on
the risks they are willing to take. The dastardly and
barbaric killing of those in Pakistan recently are horrible
acts, that cannot be justified for any reasons. These
acts have hurt those in Nepal and Pakistan greatly.
What a shame.
is an extremely high risk activity where people die
every year. The RISKS are high. Traveling is a risk
even to grandmother's house... When traveling, we
feel you have to judge for yourself based on your
level of risk you are willing to take.
asked Steve Bell president of the IGO 8000 for a
comment. His reply might shock you! "One of the main aims of IGO 8000 is to
help make climbers aware of these dangers.
That's why they insist on a certain level of
mountaineering experience as a requirement for joining
an Everest climb. It is simply not possible to
know what its like to be on Everest unless you're been
to high altitude before, and many people attempting
Everest haven't been above 6000 meters. Just
because you can run 100 meters doesn't mean you know
what's like to run a marathon; the only thing that's
the same is some of the equipment - beyond that, its a
whole new game. Whether IGO is successful in
getting its message across will be measured by future
statistics, but with the way things are at the moment,
it is only a matter of time before we see another 1996."