Conquering Mount Everest was once the holy grail of mountaineering. And it basically still is, though more people are making the attempt than ever. Not everyone who tries the climb makes it home, but why? Here's why Mount Everest is claiming so many lives.
Mount Everest is more than 29,000 feet tall, which might make you think most victims of the mountain die by falling. But that's only the second most common cause of death. According to the BBC, most people who die on Everest are killed in avalanches. The third most common cause of death on the mountain is exposure or frostbite, which accounts for around 11% of fatalities. Other causes of death include falling ice, rope accidents, pneumonia, or even drowning.
Surprisingly, more people die on the way down from the summit than on the way up, and route preparation is dangerous, too. A total of 120 people have died while working on the routes, with a handful more dying at base camp, en route to base camp, or during an evacuation. So really, you're not safe anywhere on Mount Everest.
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It isn't just falling | 0:15
Traffic jams | 0:58
No experience necessary? | 2:00
A tiny window of opportunity | 3:01
It's called that for a reason | 4:10
Mind playing tricks | 5:22
Summit fever | 5:57
3 Jun 2019