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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 52
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2012-11-29 06:22:28 PM
10 votes:
4.bp.blogspot.com

I knew I should have taken that left turn at Green Boots.
2012-11-29 05:57:10 PM
8 votes:
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 11:49:39 PM
6 votes:
That was kind of a traumatizing article for me to read. Last winter, I was walking home (in a suburban area) in the snow when I came across the frozen body of a little poor old lady laying on the sidewalk.

At least I think she was poor. She only had three bucks and change in her purse.
2012-11-29 03:57:33 PM
6 votes:

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


Maybe I should stop calling my bedroom that...
2012-11-29 08:20:33 PM
4 votes:

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

[i55.photobucket.com image 330x224] 
The ICE... is going to BREAK!!


Walken in a winter wonderland?
2012-11-29 07:04:04 PM
4 votes:
sometimesinteresting.files.wordpress.com

"Luke, I can climb no farther."
2012-11-29 05:45:07 PM
4 votes:
I wonder if they dropped any good loot.
2012-11-29 05:43:03 PM
4 votes:
Bodies of climbers who die while attempting to climb Mt. Everest are used as c) landmarks Jerky Treats
2012-11-29 05:39:17 PM
4 votes:
i48.tinypic.com.
2012-11-29 04:49:12 PM
4 votes:
24.media.tumblr.com
Ice to see you!
2012-11-29 02:49:48 PM
4 votes:

FlashHarry: that's just... wrong.


Well it's not like the dead climbers are still using them.
2012-11-29 10:33:56 PM
3 votes:
The only reason I'd climb Everest is so that I could put party hats on all the dead bodies.

Make the whole place a little bit more festive.
2012-11-29 06:12:32 PM
3 votes:
Everest.. Majestic. Aloof. Forbidding. The mountain with the biggest tits in the world.

/Start again...
2012-11-29 05:35:43 PM
3 votes:

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 05:27:08 PM
3 votes:
A) kindling
B) sleds
D) erotic rest breaks ("Crack open a cold one!")
2012-11-29 04:07:26 PM
3 votes:
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 03:55:41 PM
3 votes:

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 03:34:02 PM
3 votes:

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


You whiz in me Wheaties because their there.
2012-11-29 03:09:50 PM
3 votes:
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 02:53:04 PM
3 votes:

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 10:46:44 PM
2 votes:
New Business Idea:

Have a service that helicopters the dead up the Everest to serve as landmarks for others.

Options include:
1. Full face exposure to scare people (we can even put fake eyeballs in so when you slowly rot you're still looking at all of the passers by)
2. whacky poses (e.g. I wanna be humping my dog in an ice cave while giving a thumbs up to passers by)
3. The leisure death (we take put you in a wife beater and boxers and put you an a lazy-boy with a tv in front of you to make it look like you died not giving a crap about the mountain)
4. group scenes (cannibals? murder/suicide scenes? we got you covered) 

/I am already counting the money
2012-11-29 09:35:49 PM
2 votes:
images.nationalgeographic.com 

Ummm... Hi, guyz. Over here! Been waiting a long time.
2012-11-29 08:57:45 PM
2 votes:
Wow, when global warming starts thawing the dead bodies out, Everest is going to STINK.
2012-11-29 08:21:17 PM
2 votes:
67.18.219.83
2012-11-29 06:44:12 PM
2 votes:
ScotterOtter: Couldn't you just bring a cool sled or something for the ride down if you're in trouble? Yeah yeah I know, there's cliffs, rocks and other stuff. But, I certainly would rather die at the end of a thrilling saucer ride than to freeze to death.

shiat I'm separated from the group and out of bottled oxygen in whiteout conditions (pulls out sled) LEEEEEEEEEROY JEEEEEENKINS
2012-11-29 06:10:37 PM
2 votes:

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 06:02:16 PM
2 votes:
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 05:52:00 PM
2 votes:
"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 05:38:03 PM
2 votes:
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 05:32:07 PM
2 votes:
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 05:26:42 PM
2 votes:
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 03:20:28 PM
2 votes:
I try to keep myself out of places called "The Death Zone"
2012-11-30 01:12:12 AM
1 votes:
I knew I shoulda turned left at Abner Ravenwood!
2012-11-30 01:06:32 AM
1 votes:

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: On the North Face of the Eigerwand, in the '50s, there was the body of an Italian climber that dangled from a rope for 2 or 3 years. You could sit in the comfort of your hotel room in Kleine Scheidegg, drink in hand and gaze ghoulishly through your telescope at his swaying dessicated body, until Swiss spoilsports finally cut him down.

/always wanted to climb the Eiger




You're limping UNAUTHORIZED FINGER...
thisdistractedglobe.com
2012-11-29 10:14:13 PM
1 votes:
If I was climbing Everest, I would totally bring my guitar so that if I were going to die, I could spend eternity frozen in the middle of my last shred.
2012-11-29 09:58:17 PM
1 votes:
ts2.mm.bing.net

Death isn't the handicap it used to be in the olden
days. It doesn't screw your career up like it used to.
2012-11-29 09:42:40 PM
1 votes:
7minutemiles.com
2012-11-29 09:38:34 PM
1 votes:

Thisbymaster: 1 in 4 people die on mount Everest. Well that is if you are not one of the native people who can climb it without a second thought.


So there are 1.5 billion people dead on Mt Everest?
2012-11-29 08:33:52 PM
1 votes:
This insufferable cock nearly made Everest beyond the limit unwatchable. Crappy crappy human.

media.super.cz
2012-11-29 07:18:19 PM
1 votes:

hvilaichez: Fark is about two days behind reddit on this one.


DAMN!! I really could have used this information two days ago! Oh, the time, the money...the lives that would have been saved if only I knew this two days ago!!
2012-11-29 06:27:11 PM
1 votes:
Dead bodies as way points? I wonder if they do that in Detroit?

"Yeah, just turn right at the dead gang banger and left at the little old lady with a bullet in her head. McDonald's will be on your right. If you get to the businessman with the knife in his chest, you done went too far."
2012-11-29 06:00:42 PM
1 votes:

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 05:59:57 PM
1 votes:
They should dress up and pose them all weekend at Bernie's style
2012-11-29 05:51:21 PM
1 votes:

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 05:49:45 PM
1 votes:
But where do they bury the survi... nevermind.
2012-11-29 05:49:12 PM
1 votes:
turn right at Fred, go straight on till you see Marvin then hang a left.
2012-11-29 05:48:41 PM
1 votes:
Seeing that we keep having this thread, shouldn't it get its own tag?
2012-11-29 05:40:18 PM
1 votes:
Thanks for the ride, lady.
2012-11-29 05:36:44 PM
1 votes:
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.
2012-11-29 05:34:17 PM
1 votes:
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 05:31:56 PM
1 votes:

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 05:28:16 PM
1 votes:

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


How about Danger Zones? Are they ok?
 
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