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   Bodies of climbers who die while attempting to climb Mt. Everest are used as c) landmarks (images of bodies in article)

29 Nov 2012 05:21 PM   |   34959 clicks   |   Smithsonian Magazine
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FlashHarry    [TotalFark]  
that's just... wrong.

29 Nov 2012 02:45 PM
scottydoesntknow    [TotalFark]  

FlashHarry: that's just... wrong.


Well it's not like the dead climbers are still using them.

29 Nov 2012 02:49 PM
Because People in power are Stupid    [TotalFark]  
Why can't they just take a helicopter?

29 Nov 2012 02:49 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.

29 Nov 2012 02:53 PM
Fear_and_Loathing    [TotalFark]  

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".

 

29 Nov 2012 02:55 PM
Fear_and_Loathing    [TotalFark]  
"Into thin Air", documents it rather nicely as well as a host of other books.

29 Nov 2012 03:00 PM
pudding7    [TotalFark]  

FlashHarry: that's just... wrong.


Nothing else to be done.

29 Nov 2012 03:05 PM
Fear_and_Loathing    [TotalFark]  
Anatoli Boukreev: Wrote an interesting rubuttal to "Into Thin Air."

29 Nov 2012 03:06 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.

29 Nov 2012 03:09 PM
Because People in power are Stupid    [TotalFark]  

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/ad venture/0509/whats_new/helicopte r_ everest.html

29 Nov 2012 03:10 PM
coco ebert     
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.

29 Nov 2012 03:12 PM
Fear_and_Loathing    [TotalFark]  

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/adve nture/0509/whats_new/helicopte r_ everest.html


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

29 Nov 2012 03:13 PM
Fear_and_Loathing    [TotalFark]  

29 Nov 2012 03:17 PM
Because People in power are Stupid    [TotalFark]  

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/adve nture/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.

29 Nov 2012 03:18 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.

29 Nov 2012 03:19 PM
vernonFL    [TotalFark]  
I try to keep myself out of places called "The Death Zone"

29 Nov 2012 03:20 PM
Fear_and_Loathing    [TotalFark]  

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.

29 Nov 2012 03:24 PM
FlashHarry    [TotalFark]  

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.

29 Nov 2012 03:24 PM
Fear_and_Loathing    [TotalFark]  

29 Nov 2012 03:33 PM
Because People in power are Stupid    [TotalFark]  

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


You whiz in me Wheaties because their there.

29 Nov 2012 03:34 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.

29 Nov 2012 03:45 PM
ParallelUniverseParking    [TotalFark]  

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

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29 Nov 2012 03:48 PM
Nadie_AZ    [TotalFark]  
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?

29 Nov 2012 03:51 PM
ParallelUniverseParking    [TotalFark]  

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
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...if you like standing in line

29 Nov 2012 03:55 PM
xanadian    [TotalFark]  

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


Maybe I should stop calling my bedroom that...

29 Nov 2012 03:57 PM
Via Infinito    [TotalFark]  
Here's an article with many more pictures and some videos of the dead climbers.

29 Nov 2012 04:04 PM
Thelyphthoric     
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.

29 Nov 2012 04:07 PM
whistleridge    [TotalFark]  
Am I the only one who read the first part of that and *really* that the bit after c: was going to be 'firewood'...?

29 Nov 2012 04:09 PM
brap    [TotalFark]  
Great, now I have a farking  Greensleeves earworm.

29 Nov 2012 04:23 PM
Contrabulous Flabtraption    [TotalFark]  
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Ice to see you!

29 Nov 2012 04:49 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. 

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29 Nov 2012 04:59 PM
cgraves67     
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.

29 Nov 2012 05:26 PM
rickythepenguin    [TotalFark]  
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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!

29 Nov 2012 05:26 PM
Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo     
A) kindling
B) sleds
D) erotic rest breaks ("Crack open a cold one!")

29 Nov 2012 05:27 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.

29 Nov 2012 05:28 PM
thisiszombocom     

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


How about Danger Zones? Are they ok?

29 Nov 2012 05:28 PM
Maud Dib     

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

Nothing else to be done.


Sherpas will usually not approach or touch a dead body.

29 Nov 2012 05:31 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...

29 Nov 2012 05:31 PM
LoneDoggie     

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.

29 Nov 2012 05:31 PM
Ow! That was my feelings!     

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. 

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I love the Winds. The greatest mountain range most people have never heard of.

29 Nov 2012 05:32 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.

29 Nov 2012 05:32 PM
DrewCurtisJr     

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.

29 Nov 2012 05:32 PM
imtheonlylp     
Thrill-seeker problems.

29 Nov 2012 05:32 PM
badaboom     
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29 Nov 2012 05:33 PM
Cpl.D    [TotalFark]  
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.

29 Nov 2012 05:34 PM
try fect taa daa     
we do the same in new orleans. year round...

29 Nov 2012 05:34 PM
ritalinchild 54     
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.

29 Nov 2012 05:35 PM
scottydoesntknow    [TotalFark]  

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.


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Agrees

29 Nov 2012 05:35 PM
newton     
Oops! Google Chrome could not connect to blogs.smithsonianmag.com!

Farked?

29 Nov 2012 05:35 PM
Ambitwistor     
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.

29 Nov 2012 05:36 PM
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