Everest, to the limit: the biggest jam in its history causes two deaths

Look at the photograph and think about the human being. The ambition of the individual: the roof of the world, under my feet. The ambition of the species: the Earth, always for our consumption. A


Look at the photograph and think about the human being. The ambition of the individual: the roof of the world, under my feet. The ambition of the species: the Earth, always for our consumption. One more year Everest as an allegory.

The past Wednesday 22 was a record day: more than 200 people reached the top of the highest mountain on the planet, the highest figure ever seen up there. Although the last stretches of fixed rope are still being placed on the north slope (China), on the southern slope (Nepal) the queues were repeated throughout the morning until the single registration was completed. Thanks to the help of the sherpas, bottled oxygen and routes already marked with ropes and ladders, for about 60,000 euros almost anyone can trek Everest and anyone does. Each season, expert climbers, who seek to rescue the mountain, complain about the number of inexperienced who attempt the climb. And nobody listens to them. And they should.

Look at the photograph and think about the risks. Dozens of people gathered in an uninhabitable place. Dozens of people exposing themselves to death without being aware. One more year Everest as a cemetery.

Because the record left two tragedies: the American Don Cash and the Indian Anjali Kulkami died on the same day 22. All the advances of mountaineering have made the highest mountain in the world an achievable place, but not yet affordable. As much as it seems. After being exposed for too long to the altitude and their reserves of bottled oxygen decreased, the two deceased lost their lives in the descent without needing accidents. Don Cash, a 55-year-old Utah resident, former executive of BMC Software and Adobe, was killed when he took photographs after reaching the summit, at about 8,700 meters, and Anjali Kulkami, a 54-year-old Indian, died shortly before reaching the summit. field IV, at 7,920 meters. Both had met badly minutes before and had been helped to try a quick descent, but neither of the two cases could avoid misfortune.

Those responsible for the expedition of Kulkami, the company Arun Treks, in fact, did not hesitate to blame the jam on top of the death of their client. "She had to wait too long to descend, she could not walk at one point of the descent and died when the guides laid her down on the ground," said Sherpa Thupden . With Cash and Kulkami there are already four deaths this year on Everest.

And in the next few days they could be more. In 2017 up to 715 climbers climbed to the roof of the world, last year the record went up to 807 climbers and this season the figure could start to show a thousand. According to the authorities, more than 750 aspirants have obtained permission to attack the Nepalese highway and at least another 140 will do so via the Chinese route. The ambition of the human being has no limits. The risks to which it can be exposed either.

Now look at the photograph again. What do you think?

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