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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 05:38:03 PM  
vernonFL
I try to keep myself out of places called "The Death Zone"


i.imgur.com
"It's just a name, like the Death Forbidden Zone, or the Zone of No Return.
All the zones have names like that in the Galaxy of Terror.
Off you go. Pleasant trip. "
 
2012-11-29 05:38:42 PM  

DrRatchet: 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.


He was left on the way back down. His group was trapped in a blizzard and hurricane-force winds (visibility of only a few yards). Weathers was unresponsive, and the guides left him behind because they were physically unable to carry him due to thin air and difficult terrain. They felt that if they didn't push on toward shelter then the entire group was going to die.
 
2012-11-29 05:39:16 PM  
I can see applications in other sports. Bowling would be more interesting if you were throwing a skull at 10 delicately-balanced shin bones.
 
2012-11-29 05:39:17 PM  
i48.tinypic.com.
 
2012-11-29 05:40:18 PM  
Thanks for the ride, lady.
 
2012-11-29 05:43:03 PM  
Bodies of climbers who die while attempting to climb Mt. Everest are used as c) landmarks Jerky Treats
 
2012-11-29 05:44:35 PM  
Just watch out for the tattooed ones inside caves
 
2012-11-29 05:45:07 PM  
I wonder if they dropped any good loot.
 
2012-11-29 05:46:09 PM  
At least the idle rich have found a use on this planet.
 
2012-11-29 05:47:58 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: 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.


I thought they were giving Biden the bird?
 
2012-11-29 05:48:41 PM  
Seeing that we keep having this thread, shouldn't it get its own tag?
 
2012-11-29 05:49:12 PM  
turn right at Fred, go straight on till you see Marvin then hang a left.
 
2012-11-29 05:49:19 PM  
Link is farked. Anyone have the pictures?
 
2012-11-29 05:49:30 PM  

wallywam1: DrRatchet: 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.

He was left on the way back down. His group was trapped in a blizzard and hurricane-force winds (visibility of only a few yards). Weathers was unresponsive, and the guides left him behind because they were physically unable to carry him due to thin air and difficult terrain. They felt that if they didn't push on toward shelter then the entire group was going to die.


it's not really so much being selfish to reach the summit, it's more being aware of the fact that you can't really do anything. low oxygen, cold, etc all create complications that make otherwise easy activities like walking almost impossible
 
2012-11-29 05:49:45 PM  
But where do they bury the survi... nevermind.
 
2012-11-29 05:49:50 PM  

DrewCurtisJr: Think if all the people who drowned in a lake were still preserved somehow and floating there.


In some lakes they are
 
2012-11-29 05:50:09 PM  
there are old climbers
and there are bold climbers
but there are no old/bold climbers
 
2012-11-29 05:50:25 PM  

walkerhound: 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...


I know I remember one that was a mountain or woods at the base of a mountain where people wondered off to die I think. Seems like it was Japan and involved bringing dishonor to the family or being a failure, getting fired kind of stuff. IIRC they were left there also.
 
2012-11-29 05:51:21 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.


As my father used to say, "Make yourself useful as well as ornamental."
 
2012-11-29 05:51:47 PM  

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

How about Danger Zones? Are they ok?


Only the highway that leads to them.
 
2012-11-29 05:52:00 PM  
"Take a left at Fred and trek about 800 meters, then take a left. If you come across Bob, you've missed your turn."
 
2012-11-29 05:52:06 PM  

wallywam1: DrRatchet: 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.

He was left on the way back down. His group was trapped in a blizzard and hurricane-force winds (visibility of only a few yards). Weathers was unresponsive, and the guides left him behind because they were physically unable to carry him due to thin air and difficult terrain. They felt that if they didn't push on toward shelter then the entire group was going to die.


The Beck Weathers story is pretty crazy from that day. Not sure if I consider him the most lucky or least lucky.
 
2012-11-29 05:52:40 PM  

dejavoodoo64: walkerhound: 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...

I know I remember one that was a mountain or woods at the base of a mountain where people wondered off to die I think. Seems like it was Japan and involved bringing dishonor to the family or being a failure, getting fired kind of stuff. IIRC they were left there also.


This place?
 
2012-11-29 05:54:21 PM  
Climbing Everest 1953-1980 = Amazing. 1980-1990= Cool. 1990-Now = Attention whore.
 
2012-11-29 05:54:29 PM  
I'm the first to have a a Jack?

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-11-29 05:57:10 PM  
I still don't understand this blatant disrespect for the dead. I mean, sure the other climbers can't do anything to help them, but they shouldn't just leave the dead bodies up there, considering all they'd have to do is wait until the dead guys freeze solid and then smash bits of them off with a rock, and toss them over the nearest ledges. The sherpas at the bottom could just sweep up all the bits into an urn or something. Sure, there'd probably be some parts that'd get lost in a crevice on the way down or maybe eaten by mountain goats or something but seriously, we're talking about giving these people a dignified final resting place.

At the very least, you'd think some of the climbers coming back down could kick a corpsesicle out of the snow and ride it down like a bobsled, or just tie a bunch of garbage around it-they pack their garbage out, don't they?-set the stiff on fire and lob it off the mountainside like some kind of a Viking Air Burial (bonus points if an oxygen tank explodes like a firework, of course)

We're talking basic respect for the dead, here.
 
2012-11-29 05:57:59 PM  
Yeah... They just leave them there.
 
2012-11-29 05:59:51 PM  
DrewCurtisJr: Think if all the people who drowned in a lake were still preserved somehow and floating there.

I would tap that

static.starcitygames.com
 
2012-11-29 05:59:57 PM  
They should dress up and pose them all weekend at Bernie's style
 
2012-11-29 06:00:01 PM  
There are so many bodies around Everest, I'm surprised A.R. Leak and Sons haven't tried to build a funeral home at the base camp.
 
2012-11-29 06:00:28 PM  
Anyone ever wonder what cool shiat could be found underneath all that snow and ice? Not only there, but say, in the Arctic, Alaska, etc - like the politician Hale Boggs?
 
2012-11-29 06:00:42 PM  

toraque: I still don't understand this blatant disrespect for the dead. I mean, sure the other climbers can't do anything to help them, but they shouldn't just leave the dead bodies up there, considering all they'd have to do is wait until the dead guys freeze solid and then smash bits of them off with a rock, and toss them over the nearest ledges. The sherpas at the bottom could just sweep up all the bits into an urn or something. Sure, there'd probably be some parts that'd get lost in a crevice on the way down or maybe eaten by mountain goats or something but seriously, we're talking about giving these people a dignified final resting place.

At the very least, you'd think some of the climbers coming back down could kick a corpsesicle out of the snow and ride it down like a bobsled, or just tie a bunch of garbage around it-they pack their garbage out, don't they?-set the stiff on fire and lob it off the mountainside like some kind of a Viking Air Burial (bonus points if an oxygen tank explodes like a firework, of course)

We're talking basic respect for the dead, here.


Have you ever tried to drive a zamboni up a steep cliff?
 
2012-11-29 06:02:16 PM  
Now the object of this expedition is to see if we can find any traces of last year's expedition.

a248.e.akamai.net
 
2012-11-29 06:06:15 PM  

nytmare: 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.


People who attempt stuff like this don't consider the chance to die as much as the chance to live.
 
2012-11-29 06:07:55 PM  
Best use of the Cool tag.
 
2012-11-29 06:08:01 PM  

DrRatchet: 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.


I would assume it's an "every man for himself" situation, and if you turn into a hero all of a sudden, it could mean that you just chose to die.
 
2012-11-29 06:10:34 PM  
If each climber picked up a bone and an empty O2 Bottle on the way down the mountain would be clean
 
2012-11-29 06:10:34 PM  
Welcome to Everest Resort! Our mountain offers seemingly endless options for kicking the bucket, from falling into the abyss to suffocating from lack of oxygen to being smashed by raining boulders. Start you day with a complimentary half day trip!

Enjoy your stay!
 
2012-11-29 06:10:37 PM  

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

How about Danger Zones? Are they ok?


There is a highway to it.
 
2012-11-29 06:12:32 PM  
Everest.. Majestic. Aloof. Forbidding. The mountain with the biggest tits in the world.

/Start again...
 
2012-11-29 06:12:35 PM  

The Slush: dejavoodoo64: walkerhound: 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...

I know I remember one that was a mountain or woods at the base of a mountain where people wondered off to die I think. Seems like it was Japan and involved bringing dishonor to the family or being a failure, getting fired kind of stuff. IIRC they were left there also.

This place?


Yeah that's it. Thanks for the find. I must have tried to guess why it was happening. I was thinking of the weight the Japanese carry of national pride and mythology I could see someone wondering off into a quiet place like that and offing themselves. Weird and fascinating at the same time.
 
2012-11-29 06:13:51 PM  
A clever climber could carry a lighter by not packing food; there's plenty of well-preserved morels on the mountain.

Seriously, though. Why do people keep doing this? It's been done with and without oxygen, so it's not like you're making history, plus the mountain is riddled with dead bodies.
 
2012-11-29 06:13:59 PM  

FlashHarry: that's just... wrong.


How could you not use them as waypoints? If you're trying to get to the cave, and you know that the cave is 100 yards east of Green Boots, do you still look west after you spot him?
 
2012-11-29 06:16:57 PM  
Humans are a funny lot. if I were younger and healthier and human space exploration were more of a reality, I wouldn't mind risking my life that way. I would risk any kind of death to step on a new planet or see extraterrestrial life, if it were possible. In some ways it would be an honor to be the first human eaten by alien animals, and hopefully it would be educational for others.

Yet for some reason I don't even really understand, I think mountain climbers are just about the most stupid and useless fools in the world, doing useless risky things, to get to useless places, to learn nothing because there is nothing there left to learn, and yet managing to wring some kind of bizarre, masturbatory satisfaction out of it. I bet they are incredibly dull people at heart, and probably a bit pretentious as well.

Oh well, it takes all kinds, I guess. And even if they are silly and useless, most of them end up stuck frozen to the sides of mountains where I don't have to deal with them anyway. And if I ever got my wish of space travel but died in launch, maybe my frozen orbiting corpse would look down at their frozen corpses and wave.

/I understand ambition....I just don't understand pointless ambition.
 
2012-11-29 06:17:18 PM  
All this time I thought it was an ego thing.
Turns out they are a bunch of rubberneckers.
LOL.

"OOH look, there's a dead guy with green boots!!"
 
2012-11-29 06:18:07 PM  
I've been watching some youtubings about David Sharp. Man, that's pretty disturbing. The guy's sitting there, still alive, and there's nothing anyone can do. Guh.
 
2012-11-29 06:18:50 PM  
litterbugs
 
2012-11-29 06:22:14 PM  
I have a feeling that many of those who died would gave been pretty proud to have their bodies left up there.

For these types of people, they'd rather go that route than not live and die old in a hospital bed having not done much.

My incredibly intellectually gifted scientist dad keeps on talking about how NASA is considering a program to send aging people on a one way trip to Mars to do studies over there. If it happens, he would gladly sign up.

He's absolutely serious about it.

For some people, that us REAL living.
 
2012-11-29 06:22:28 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

I knew I should have taken that left turn at Green Boots.
 
2012-11-29 06:22:39 PM  
I get that it's logistically impossible to bring the whole bodies down.

That said, for the unknowns like Green Boots, at least take a DNA sample down so that the body can be positively identified. That's the only bit of this that strikes me as disrespectful. If you're going past these corpses anyway, the means to identify them is not threatening to the climb, either up or down. Obtain a small sample and seal it.

Most folks have SOME sort of descendant or living relative to use as a match.
 
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