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(Smithsonian Magazine)   Bodies of climbers who die while attempting to climb Mt. Everest are used as c) landmarks (images of bodies in article)   (blogs.smithsonianmag.com) divider line 269
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2012-11-29 02:45:21 PM
that's just... wrong.
 
2012-11-29 02:49:48 PM

FlashHarry: that's just... wrong.


Well it's not like the dead climbers are still using them.
 
2012-11-29 02:49:50 PM
Why can't they just take a helicopter?
 
2012-11-29 02:53:04 PM

FlashHarry: that's just... wrong.


More useful than most dead folk are. Hell, more useful than a lot of the live ones out there.
 
2012-11-29 02:55:04 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: Why can't they just take a helicopter?


Too high:  The top of Everest is at the altitude that airliners cruise at.   Beck Weathers and Gau were barely helicoptered out.  The living and the dead usually get left behind in the "Death Zone".

 
 
2012-11-29 03:00:34 PM
"Into thin Air", documents it rather nicely as well as a host of other books.
 
2012-11-29 03:05:13 PM

FlashHarry: that's just... wrong.


Nothing else to be done.
 
2012-11-29 03:06:20 PM
Anatoli Boukreev: Wrote an interesting rubuttal to "Into Thin Air."
 
2012-11-29 03:09:50 PM
I like adrenalin as much as the next guy, but when I am using bodies of those that have failed before me it's time to find a safer way to thrill seek.
 
2012-11-29 03:10:34 PM

Fear_and_Loathing: Because People in power are Stupid: Why can't they just take a helicopter?

Too high:  The top of Everest is at the altitude that airliners cruise at.   Beck Weathers and Gau were barely helicoptered out.  The living and the dead usually get left behind in the "Death Zone".


http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/0509/whats_new/helicopte r_ everest.html
 
2012-11-29 03:12:58 PM
Should I clutch my pearls or something? Don't go into the Death Zone or approach it without knowing the risks. Also know that there are a lot of douchecanoes who will not let anything or anyone get in their way in making it to the top.*

*With the help of oxygen and Sherpas carrying their shiat for them.
 
2012-11-29 03:13:11 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: Fear_and_Loathing: Because People in power are Stupid: Why can't they just take a helicopter?

Too high:  The top of Everest is at the altitude that airliners cruise at.   Beck Weathers and Gau were barely helicoptered out.  The living and the dead usually get left behind in the "Death Zone".

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/0509/whats_new/helicopte r_ everest.html


Not generally available nor practical given the terrian, communications, altitude, finances and logistics.  That was a stunt.
 
2012-11-29 03:17:47 PM
 
2012-11-29 03:18:03 PM

Fear_and_Loathing: Because People in power are Stupid: Fear_and_Loathing: Because People in power are Stupid: Why can't they just take a helicopter?

Too high:  The top of Everest is at the altitude that airliners cruise at.   Beck Weathers and Gau were barely helicoptered out.  The living and the dead usually get left behind in the "Death Zone".

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/0509/whats_new/helicopte r_ everest.html

Not generally available nor practical given the terrian, communications, altitude, finances and logistics.  That was a stunt.


A stunt, you mean like climbing Everest.

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/climbing/mountaineeri ng /Giving-Everest-the-Bird.html


I'll wait for the helicopter tours.
 
2012-11-29 03:19:34 PM

sammyk: I like adrenalin as much as the next guy, but when I am using bodies of those that have failed before me it's time to find a safer way to thrill seek.


Mountain climbing isn't about adrenalin rushes. It's a slower process and brings a different kind of satisfaction.
 
2012-11-29 03:20:28 PM
I try to keep myself out of places called "The Death Zone"
 
2012-11-29 03:24:24 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: I'll wait for the helicopter tours.


Have fun.  It is one thing to pay $100.000's of dollars to risk your life, another to pay someone $5000 to save it.  The assumption that high on the mountain means you are on your own is a given, many/most of the bodies came before the stunt you seem to like.  You asked for an answer, I gave you one, maybe not the most informed, but I'm sure I am a small tad more qualified than you to discuss realistic aviation.
 
I didn't whiz in you Wheaties, you did.
 
2012-11-29 03:24:29 PM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: FlashHarry: that's just... wrong.

More useful than most dead folk are. Hell, more useful than a lot of the live ones out there.


agreed. it just seems sad and lonely. but such is the life of an 8000-meter climber.
 
2012-11-29 03:33:39 PM
 
2012-11-29 03:34:02 PM

Fear_and_Loathing: I didn't whiz in you Wheaties, you did.


You whiz in me Wheaties because their there.
 
2012-11-29 03:45:42 PM
Both Aydin Irmak and Lincoln Hall were left for dead by climbers on the way to the summit, only to be rescued (and even walk down) by others later. Beck Weathers was also prematurly given up for dead. "Well, he's alive and breathing, but ahhh he'll probably die and I have a summet to make" strikes me as a little selfish, but I am not a climber.
 
2012-11-29 03:48:30 PM

vernonFL: I try to keep myself out of places called "The Death Zone"

i483.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-29 03:51:38 PM
I saw an article recently that showed more pictures of said corpses. While you are out there cleaning them up, subs, can you grab some oxygen canisters?
 
2012-11-29 03:55:41 PM

coco ebert: sammyk: I like adrenalin as much as the next guy, but when I am using bodies of those that have failed before me it's time to find a safer way to thrill seek.

Mountain climbing isn't about adrenalin rushes. It's a slower process and brings a different kind of satisfaction.


Climbing Mt. Everest must be very satisfactory
www.bagofnothing.com
...if you like standing in line
 
2012-11-29 03:57:33 PM

vernonFL: I try to keep myself out of places called "The Death Zone"


Maybe I should stop calling my bedroom that...
 
2012-11-29 04:04:52 PM
Here's an article with many more pictures and some videos of the dead climbers.
 
2012-11-29 04:07:26 PM
Do they pose the bodies so they're pointing up the path or something? Like they're directing traffic? Seems kind of superfluous anyway, I mean,if you're going up that's probably towards the top.

/not serious at all, stop looking at me like that.
 
2012-11-29 04:09:51 PM
Am I the only one who read the first part of that and *really* that the bit after c: was going to be 'firewood'...?
 
2012-11-29 04:23:22 PM
Great, now I have a farking  Greensleeves earworm.
 
2012-11-29 04:49:12 PM
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Ice to see you!
 
2012-11-29 04:59:47 PM

coco ebert: sammyk: I like adrenalin as much as the next guy, but when I am using bodies of those that have failed before me it's time to find a safer way to thrill seek.

Mountain climbing isn't about adrenalin rushes. It's a slower process and brings a different kind of satisfaction.


I know. I climbed this one many years ago. It's a lot more cerebral than say bungie jumping or racing fast cars but it still an adrenalin rush. 

www.wildlandart.com
 
2012-11-29 05:26:35 PM
It's rather sad, but it's simply too taxing on the living to carry dead weight down the mountain. Obviously some aren't able to carry their living weight.
 
2012-11-29 05:26:42 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

The body of "Green Boots," an Indian climber who died in 1996 and is believed to be Tsewang Paljor, lies near a cave that all climbers must pass on their way to the peak. Green Boots now serves as a waypoint marker that climbers use to gauge how near they are to the summit. Green Boots met his end after becoming separated from his party. He sought refuge in a mountain overhang, but to no avail. He sat there shivering in the cold until he died.


SWIPER, NO SWIPING!
 
2012-11-29 05:27:08 PM
A) kindling
B) sleds
D) erotic rest breaks ("Crack open a cold one!")
 
2012-11-29 05:28:12 PM
How many climbers don't die? Because 200 dead and 100 alive would be a problem, but if 200 die, and 100000 climb successfully, then you have a bigger chance of dying in a car crash.
 
2012-11-29 05:28:16 PM

vernonFL: I try to keep myself out of places called "The Death Zone"


How about Danger Zones? Are they ok?
 
2012-11-29 05:31:01 PM

pudding7: FlashHarry: that's just... wrong.

Nothing else to be done.


Sherpas will usually not approach or touch a dead body.
 
2012-11-29 05:31:23 PM

Fear_and_Loathing: Because People in power are Stupid: Why can't they just take a helicopter?

Too high:  The top of Everest is at the altitude that airliners cruise at.   Beck Weathers and Gau were barely helicoptered out.  The living and the dead usually get left behind in the "Death Zone".


Don't know if you caught Banff FF last year, but there was a movie of a sherpa and another dude who paraglided off the summit. So there's always that option.

Also, I swear I've seen this story on the farks in the past year...
 
2012-11-29 05:31:56 PM

thisiszombocom: vernonFL: I try to keep myself out of places called "The Death Zone"

How about Danger Zones? Are they ok?


They are, but the highway going to it is a biatch.
 
2012-11-29 05:32:05 PM

sammyk: coco ebert: sammyk: I like adrenalin as much as the next guy, but when I am using bodies of those that have failed before me it's time to find a safer way to thrill seek.

Mountain climbing isn't about adrenalin rushes. It's a slower process and brings a different kind of satisfaction.

I know. I climbed this one many years ago. It's a lot more cerebral than say bungie jumping or racing fast cars but it still an adrenalin rush. 

[www.wildlandart.com image 540x360]


I love the Winds. The greatest mountain range most people have never heard of.
 
2012-11-29 05:32:07 PM
It's a mountain. Why don't they just roll the bodies down the steep side? They can make a game of it, using spent oxygen cannisters to make it like bowling.
 
2012-11-29 05:32:19 PM

sammyk: I like adrenalin as much as the next guy, but when I am using bodies of those that have failed before me it's time to find a safer way to thrill seek.


I wouldn't be to keen on seeing the corpses, but the only reason they are there is because they are so difficult to move. There are plenty of other activities that people die doing but they remove the bodies. Think if all the people who drowned in a lake were still preserved somehow and floating there.
 
2012-11-29 05:32:58 PM
Thrill-seeker problems.
 
2012-11-29 05:33:39 PM
images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-11-29 05:34:17 PM
I'm sure the bodies are frozen solid and stuck to the surrounding ice and snow and rock. Also, kudos to subby for an amusingly callous use of the "cool" tag.
 
2012-11-29 05:34:43 PM
we do the same in new orleans. year round...
 
2012-11-29 05:35:12 PM
threadjack here, I am traveling from Maryland to Austin Texas, a 2 day trip. How can I drink beer (Hi Drew!) and stay on the bus without problems? Any ideas about entertaining myself?


end threadjack and on topic,

screw climbing to low oxygen levels without canisters. Give me sea level and maybe a 2500ft slow ascent wearing shorts and having access to a hotel after the climb down.
 
2012-11-29 05:35:43 PM

GoodHomer: It's a mountain. Why don't they just roll the bodies down the steep side? They can make a game of it, using spent oxygen cannisters to make it like bowling.


images3.wikia.nocookie.net

Agrees
 
2012-11-29 05:35:53 PM
Oops! Google Chrome could not connect to blogs.smithsonianmag.com!

Farked?
 
2012-11-29 05:36:44 PM
Hang a left at Old Bonsey, then climb once you get to One-Legged Pete. When you get to Ate-His-Partner, you're on the home stretch.
 
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