4 Climbers Die on Mt. Everest
4 Killed on Mt. Everest by Altitude Sickness
Four climbers were killed on Mt. Everest over the weekend. The four died due to altitude sickness and high winds while approaching or returning from the summit, which is over 29,000 feet above sea level.
The four mountaineers confirmed killed on Everest are:
- Dr Eberhard Schaaf (Germany)
- Wang-yi Fa (China)
- Song Won-Bin (South Korea)
- Shriya Shah, (Nepal)
Schaaf was part of the Eco Everest Expedition, which was cleaning up the trash that litters the heavily-trafficked routes to the summit. He died on the summit's south face due to altitude sickness. Eberhart Schaaf's body is still on the mountain.
Wang-yi Fa and Shirya Shah were blown from a ridge by high winds.
Song Won-bin collapsed while traversing The Balcony, and fell from a cliff.
Close to 240 people have died while climbing Mt. Everest: that's roughly one in 16 who attempt the climb.