A bit of criticism it’s not bad in the right mesure
WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS STRONG IMAGES
As other times I start the post with a page I found some time ago. Basically, what tells us is that for different reasons (little oxygen up there, time running out, …) if someone gets into troubles you must be able to walk, in other case, at the “Dead Zone”, it’s extremely difficult to accomplish a rescue at 8000 meters altitude. There is also another rule: you have to summit before a determined hour. Later, night will catch you in route and you probably die frozen. The website also mentions several cases, but one of the most known mountain dramas is the case of David Sharp in 2006, a mountaineer who did climb up to the summit without any help but his own equipment.
He made it, but what he couldn’t do is descend from it. He felt very tired and he had a rest in the called “Green Boots Cave”, a small shelter named like this by a mountaneer who died in 1996 there and now he’s a route landmark. That day was one of the busiest of the season, and around 30 or 40 people passed in front of him, and only a few stopped to see what happened to him.
As I mentioned before, David Sharp’s story is probably the most famous, but not the only one. A marriage who got apart in the night, a man whose mind was anormaly working because of the hypoxia and climbed in a late hour…
Each year there are lots of deaths (54 since 2000) and also a large amount of people who loses parts of their body because of the cold and suffers the consequences of hypoxia. The reason is that climbing the highest mountain in the whole world is becoming too easy.
Sherpas do all the hard work, and the climbers pay lots of money for getting the climbing license from Chinese Government, for all the material they use (including oxygen bottles, which of course they leave on the mountain) and for the transport to the base camp. “You pay (between $70000 and $100000), we take you to the summit”. Only a few professional mountaineers dared to say that it’s time to ban the use of oxygen. Like this, Mt. Everest would only be attempted by truly prepared alpinists.
However, other eight-thousanders (K2,Kangchenjunga, Nanga Parbat, Annapurna, …) are not so often intended, maybe due to the feeling of being at the top of the world is unique… There are nevertheless deaths at these peaks, but they’re not so common.
Finally, I recomend a documentary by Odisea, which can be seen in YouTube in Spanish, about David Sharp’s case, from the view point of the people who were supposed to have left him die in Green Boots cave:
– Second part: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTOC1Gc-RdI&feature=related
– Fourth part: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUjA7Tmj2kU&feature=related