Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Traffic Jam on Mt. Everest Kills Climbers

Shirya Shah-Klorfine
The last words of one woman who died at Mt Everest’s highest base camp were ‘save me,’ according to a close friend.

Toronto native Shirya Shah-Klorfine was one of the four who were confirmed dead after a ‘traffic jam’ of mountaineers rushed to scale the 29,000ft peak over the weekend during a brief window of good weather on the world’s tallest mountain.

The news comes as another climber at base camp said as many as seven people could be dead.

Mountain climber Shriya Shah had been updating her friends via Facebook of her progress.

About 150 people - described as a 'traffic jam' by Everest's standards - rushed to scale the 29,000ft peak. However, a fierce windstorm swept the higher altitudes of the mountain on Saturday morning and many climbers were left trapped as they waited for it to pass before beginning their descent.
'I counted four people that had either died that evening or probably got disorientated and basically passed out.

'Once you are above 8,000 metres - or 26,000 feet - the body deteriorates so fast that if you are not with a big group of people that can help you there's really nothing you can do.

'[One man] was basically hallucinating, he took his hat off, his gloves were thrown away and then he kind of reached out and looked at me … he kind of reached out to me, kind of in a zombie-like fashion.

'At that point, there’s not a lot you can do for somebody that’s dying and frozen to death.'
 Will Facebook replace obituaries in newspapers? Status change: Dead.

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