MOUNTAINS A Conversation Piece … (No. 24)

Posted by on 11. März 2012
Everest

The climber Scott Fisher, resting forever on the highest mountain ...

Where men roams, there will by junk. In this respect the Bronx is not different from Mt. Everest. Dozens of expeditions, despite the 3000 Euro or 4000 $ they have to pay as „Pollution Bail“ in advance, leave ruthlessly what hinders them or gets useless – including dead members of their team. Writing this, sounds rude or respectless, but that’s the truth. When the Nepalese Government send a team of 25 Sherpas up the highest mountain, it found tons of junk and … – five corpses! What to do with them! First: Did they die in an altitude of over 8000 m or 26 246 feet, they are left there (being frozen into ice blocks, hidden by waves of storm-blown snow). If found on a lower location, the families are asked if the want them back, and in 70 % of the cases they don’t (the costs of a decent recovery are enormous). One estimates that from the beginning of the climbing around 1920 until now over a 100 dead climbers are strewn along the route of the ascent, and the American Ed Viesturs in spring of 2012 described in the „Explorers Club Journal“ the horror scene when he conquered Everest and didn’t feel alone one night, shone around with his torch and was in the presence of the solidly frozen Scott Fisher (as seen on the photograph in my blog), with whom he had, not long ago, climbed K2. Fisher its still up there …

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