History and the Environment 6: “There are some places we are not meant to go.”


I read a great book a few years ago, called Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.  The book is about a failed expedition on Mount Everest in 1996.  The extreme environment on top of the mountain during the main ascent season (May/June) is sometimes sketchy in terms of weather.  Frequently storms hit the upper peak of the mountain bringing winds of 20-80 mph and temperatures from 40 – 80 below zero.  Not to mention that the altitude of the mountain is around 28,000 feet.  Its a place where humans do not belong.  I often wonder throughout history why people feel the need to conquer remote places on the Earth.  I understand the attraction to climb the highest mountain on the planet.  I understand the attraction of riding a one man submarine into the deepest parts of the ocean.  Sounds like a blast right?  Sure.  That season on Everest 12 people died, and since people decided to start climbing the mountain 1 in 20 have died attempting it.  I read somewhere that around 210 deaths to 3600 summits of the mountain.  I find it particularly odd that many of the people who die on the mountain leave behind wives and children.  Again, there are some places man kind were not meant to conquer.  On a side note, apparently over the last few years with climate change, the peak is revealing many bodies and tons of trash located near the summit.  In fact I just found an interesting article on this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/19/mount-everest-death-zone-clean

Here also is a list copied from wikipedia that shows the deaths on Everest.

1 John Delaney  Republic of Ireland Altitude sickness [1][2]
12 May 2011 Taskahi Ozaki  Japan Altitude sickness [3][2]
9 May 2011 Shailendra Kumar Upadhyaya  Nepal Age [4][5][2]
1 May 2011 Rick Hitch  United States Heart attack [6][2]
26 May 2010 Peter Kinloch  United Kingdom Frostbite and exhaustion [7]
19 May 2010 Tom Jørgensen  Denmark - [8]
26 April 2010 Laszlo Varkonyi  Hungary - -
16 June 2009 Andres Guzman Garza  Mexico - -
21 May 2009 Frank Ziebarth  Canada - -
19 May 2009 Wenhong Wu  China - -
18 May 2009 Veslav Chrzaszcz  Czech Republic - [9]
7 May 2009 Lhakpa Nuru  Nepal - [10]
21 May 2008 Uwe Gianni Goltz  Switzerland - [11]
17 May 2007 Maurizio Pierangelo  Italy - [12]
17 May 2007 Oh Hee-Joon  South Korea - [12]
17 May 2007 Lee Hyun-Jo  South Korea - [12]
16 May 2007 Yoshitomi Okura  Japan - -
16 May 2007 Libor Kozak  Czech Republic - -
16 May 2007 Yasuhiko Mochizuki  Japan - -
15 May 2007 Shinichi Ishii  Japan - -
26 April 2007 Dawa Sherpa  Nepal Avalanche [13]
25 May 2006 Thomas Weber  Germany - -
22 May 2006 Igor Plyushkin  Russia - [14]
19 May 2006 Vitor Negrete  Brazil - -
17 May 2006 Jacques-Hugues Letrange  France - [15]
16 May 2006 Tomas Olsson  Sweden - [16]
15 May 2006 David Sharp  United Kingdom Exposure -
14 May 2006 Sri Krishan  India - -
21 April 2006 Ang Phinjo  Nepal - -
21 April 2006 Lhakkpa Tseri  Nepal - -
21 April 2006 Dawa Temba  Nepal - -
4 April 2006 Tuk Bahadur Thapa Masar  Nepal - [17]
5 June 2005 Robert William Milne  United Kingdom - [18]
4 June 2005 Dieter Kramer  Germany - [19]
30 May 2005 Sirigereshiva Shankarappa Chaitanya  India - [12]
21 May 2005 Marko Lihteneker  Slovenia - [20]
2 May 2005 Michael Corey O’Brien  United States Fall from the Khumbu Icefall [21][22]
29 April 2005 Sean Egan  Canada - [23]
24 May 2004 Mariana Prodanova Maslarova  Bulgaria - [24]
23 May 2004 Shoko Ota  Japan - [25]
20 May 2004 Hristo Ganchev Hristov  Bulgaria - [25]
18 May 2004 Nils Antezana  United States - [26]
18 May 2004 Joon-Ho Baek  South Korea - [27]
18 May 2004 Min Jang  South Korea - [28]
18 May 2004 Mu-Taek Park  South Korea - [29],
27 May 2003 Bhim Bahagur Gurung  Nepal - -
25 May 2003 Jan Krzysztof Liszewski  Poland - -
24 May 2003 Karma Gylzen  Nepal - [30]
8 May 2003 Amaud Saulnier  France - -
8 September 2002 Marco Siffredi  France Fall with snowboard [31]
May 2002 Zoran Miletic  Yugoslavia - [12]
30 April 2002 Peter Legate  United Kingdom - [32]
20 October 2001 Sándor Gárdos  Hungary - [33]
24 May 2001 Mark Auricht  Australia HACE [34]
24 May 2001 Alexei Nikiforov  Russia - [35]
23 May 2001 Peter Ganner  Austria - [12][36]
29 April 2001 Babu Chiri Sherpa  Nepal Fall into crevasse [37]
21 May 2000 Yan Gen-hua  Chile - [12]
20 May 2000 Jeppe Stoltz  Denmark - [12]
18 May 1999 Tadeusz Kudelski  Poland - [12]
18 May 1999 Pascal Debrouwer  Belgium Snow blizzard – Fall [12]
13 May 1999 Mike Matthews  United Kingdom - [12]
8 May 1999 Vasili Kopytko  Ukraine - [12]
26 May 1998 Roger Buick  New Zealand - [12]
25 May 1998 Mark Jennings  United Kingdom - [12]
24 May 1998 Francys Arsentiev  France exhaustion – Altitude sickness [38]
24 May 1998 Sergei Arsentiev  Russia Fall [39]
8 September 1997 Choi Byong-Soo  South Korea - [12]
25 May 1997 Tenzing Nuru  Nepal - [12]
8 May 1997 Peter Kowalzik  Germany - [12]
7 May 1997 Aleksandr Toroschin  Russia - [12][40]
7 May 1997 Ivan Plotnikov  Russia - [12][40]
7 May 1997 Nikolai Shevtchenko  Russia - [12][40]
7 May 1997 Mingma  Nepal - [12][40]
6 May 1997 Nima Rinzi  Nepal - [12]
23 April 1997 Malcolm Duff  United Kingdom - [12][40]
25 September 1996 Lopsang Jangbu Sherpa  Nepal Avalanche [41]
25 September 1996 Dawa Sherpa  Nepal Avalanche [42]
25 September 1996 Ives Bouchon  France Avalanche [43]
6 June 1996 Ngawang Topche Sherpa  Nepal HAPE [44]
25 May 1996 Bruce Herrod  United Kingdom - [45]
19 May 1996 Reinhard Wlasich  Austria HAPE / HACE [12]
11 May 1996 Scott Fischer  United States Exposure [46]
11 May 1996 Rob Hall  New Zealand Exposure [46]
11 May 1996 Doug Hansen  United States Exposure [46]
11 May 1996 Andrew Harris  New Zealand Exposure [46]
11 May 1996 Yasuko Namba  Japan Exposure [46]
10 May 1996 Dorje Morup  India Exposure [46]
10 May 1996 Tsewang Paljor  India Exposure [46]
10 May 1996 Subedar Tsewang Samanla  India Exposure [46]
9 May 1996 Chen Yu Nan  Taiwan - [12]
14 October 1995 Zangbu  Nepal - [12]
10 September 1995 Lhakpa Nuru  Nepal - [12]
6 May 1995 Kami Rita  Nepal - [12]
12 September 1994 Mingma Norbu  Nepal - [12]
27 May 1994 Mike Rheinberger  Australia HACE [47]
18 May 1994 Giuseppe Vigani  Italy - [12]
9 May 1994 Shih Fang-Fang  Thailand - [12]
6 April 1994 Prem Thapa  Nepal - [12]
7 October 1993 Antonio Miranda  Spain - [12]
5 October 1993 Karl Henize  United States - [12]
17 May 1993 An Jin-Seob  South Korea - [12]
16 May 1993 Nam Won-Woo  South Korea - [12]
10 May 1993 Lobsang Tshering  Nepal - -
23 April 1993 Pasang Lhamu  Nepal - [12]
23 April 1993 Sonam Tshering  Nepal - [12]
15 January 1993 Ang Tshering  Nepal - [12]
23 May 1992 Manabu Hoshi  Japan - [12]
22 May 1992 Sher Singh  India - [12]
11 May 1992 Subba Singh  Nepal - [12]
2 May 1992 Deepak Kulkarni  India - [12]
2 May 1992 Raymond Jacob  India - [12]
27 May 1991 Junichi Futagami  Japan - [12]
3 May 1991 Rüdiger Lang  Germany - [12]
7 October 1990 Ham Sang-Hun  South Korea - [12]
12 September 1990 Rafael Gómez-Menor  Spain - [12]
12 September 1990 Ang Sona  Nepal - [12]
12 September 1990 Badrinath Ghising  Nepal - [12]
12 December 1989 Ang Pinjo  Nepal - [12]
28 May 1989 Eugeniusz Chrobak  Poland - [12]
27 May 1989 Mirosław Dąsal  Poland - [12]
27 May 1989 Mirosław Gardzielewski  Poland - [12]
27 May 1989 Andrzej Heinrich  Poland - [12]
27 May 1989 Wacław Otręba  Poland - [12]
16 May 1989 Phu Dorje (III)  Nepal - [12]
10 May 1989 Dimitar Ilievski Murato  Macedonia - -[48]
23 December 1988 Ang Lhakpa Dorje  Nepal - [12]
17 October 1988 Jozef Just  Czechoslovakia - [12]
17 October 1988 Peter Božík  Czechoslovakia - [12]
17 October 1988 Dušan Becík  Czechoslovakia - [12]
17 October 1988 Jaroslav Jaško  Czechoslovakia - [12]
13 October 1988 Lhakpa Sonam  Nepal - [12]
13 October 1988 Pasang Temba (II)  Nepal - [12]
21 September 1988 Narayan Shrestha  Nepal - [12]
20 September 1988 Michel Parmentier  France - [12]
21 April 1988 Hidetaka Mizukoshi  Japan - [12]
20 October 1987 Mangal Singh  Nepal - [49]
2 September 1987 Masao Yokoyama  Japan - [12]
21 May 1987 Roger Marshall  Canada - [12]
30 January 1987 Tsuttin Dorje  Nepal - [12]
17 October 1986 Dawa Norbu  Nepal - [12]
4 October 1986 Gyalu  Nepal - [12]
28 September 1986 Simon Burkhardt  Switzerland - [12]
16 August 1986 Víctor Hugo Trujillo  Chile - [12]
11 October 1985 Capt Vijay Pal Singh Negi (Indian Army)  India Exposure [12]
11 October 1985 Lt Ranjeet Singh Bakshi (Indian Army)  India Exposure [12]
11 October 1985 Maj Jai Bahugana (Indian Army)  India Exposure and frostbite [12][50]
11 October 1985 Lt M.U. Bhaskar Rao (Indian Army)  India Exposure [12]
7 October 1985 Maj Kiran Inder Kumar (Indian Army)  India Fall [12][50]
17 September 1985 Shinichi Ishii  Japan - [51]
12 May 1985 Juanjo Navarro  Spain - [12]
24 October 1984 Ang Dorje  Nepal - [12]
24 October 1984 Yogendra Thapa  Nepal - [12]
16 October 1984 Jozef Psotka  Slovakia - -
9 October 1984 Craig Nottle  Australia Fall [12]
9 October 1984 Fred From  Australia Fall [12]
21 April 1984 Hristo Prodanov  Bulgaria - -
3 April 1984 Tony Swierzy  United Kingdom - [49]
26 March 1984 Ang Rinji  Nepal - [12]
9 October 1983 Hiroshi Yoshino  Japan - [12]
8 October 1983 Pasang Temba  Nepal - -
8 October 1983 Hironobu Kamuro  Japan - [12]
28 December 1982 Yasuo Kato  Japan - [52],
28 December 1982 Toshiaki Kobayashi  Japan - [12]
14 October 1982 Nima Dorje  Nepal - [12]
27 September 1982 Lhakpa Tshering  Nepal - [12]
2 September 1982 Blair Griffiths  Canada - [12]
31 August 1982 Pasang Sona  Nepal - -
31 August 1982 Ang Chuldim  Nepal - [12]
31 August 1982 Dawa Dorje  Nepal - [12]
17 May 1982 Peter Boardman  United Kingdom - -
17 May 1982 Joe Tasker  United Kingdom - -
15 May 1982 Marty Hoey  United States - -
12 January 1981 Noboru Takenaka  Japan - [12]
22 September 1980 Mario Piana  Italy - [12]
6 September 1980 Nawang Kersang  Nepal - [12]
2 May 1980 Akira Ube  Japan - [12]
12 October 1979 Wang Hong-Bao  China - -
12 October 1979 Luo San  China - [12]
12 October 1979 Nima Tashi  Nepal - [12]
3 October 1979 Ray Genet  United States - [12]
3 October 1979 Hannelore Schmatz  Germany - [12]
13 May 1979 Ang Phu  Nepal - [53]
May 1978 Shi Ming-ji  China - [12]
18 April 1978 Dawa Nuru  Nepal - [12]
10 April 1976 Terry Thompson  United Kingdom - [54]
26 September 1975 Mick Burke  United Kingdom - [55]
4 May 1975 Wu Tseng-yue  China - [55]
9 September 1974 Gérard Devouassoux  France Avalanche [53]
9 September 1974 Lhakpa  Nepal Avalanche [53]
9 September 1974 Sanu Wongal  Nepal Avalanche [53]
9 September 1974 Pemba Dorje  Nepal Avalanche [53]
9 September 1974 Nawang Lutuk  Nepal Avalanche [53]
9 September 1974 Nima Wangchu  Nepal Avalanche [53]
12 October 1973 Jangbu  Nepal - [12]
16 November 1972 Tony Tighe  Australia Serac collapse [54]
18 April 1971 Capt Harsh Bahuguna (Indian Army)  India Exposure and frostbite [12]
21 April 1970 Kiyoshi Narita  Japan - [12]
9 April 1970 Kyak Tshering  Nepal - [12]
5 April 1970 Mima Norbu  Nepal Avalanche [12]
5 April 1970 Nima Dorje  Nepal Avalanche [12]
5 April 1970 Tshering Tarkey  Nepal Avalanche [12]
5 April 1970 Pasang  Nepal Avalanche [12]
5 April 1970 Kunga Norbu  Nepal Avalanche [12]
5 April 1970 Kami Tshering  Nepal Avalanche [12]
18 October 1969 Phu Dorje  Nepal - [12]
May 1966 Ma Gao-Shu  China - [12]
23 March 1963 Jake Breitenbach  United States - [56]
28 April 1962 Nawang Tshering  Nepal - [12]
May 1960 Wang Ji  Tibet - [57]
May 1960 Shao Shi-Ching  China - [58]
31 October 1952 Mingma Dorje  Nepal - [59]
June 1934 Maurice Wilson  United Kingdom - -
9 June 1924 Andrew Irvine  United Kingdom -
9 June 1924 George Mallory  United Kingdom -
17 May 1924 Manbahadur India British India - [12]
13 May 1924 Shamsherpun  Nepal - [12]
7 June 1922 Norbu India British India Avalanche [12]
7 June 1922 Lhakpa India British India Avalanche [12]
7 June 1922 Pasang India British India Avalanche [12]
7 June 1922 Pema India British India Avalanche [12]
7 June 1922 Sange India British India Avalanche [12]
7 June 1922 Dorje India British India Avalanche [12]
7 June 1922 Temba India British India Avalanche [60]

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