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Old 05-07-12, 10:31 PM
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Re: Dead Bodies on Mount Everest

Wow, that's kind of gruesome.
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Old 05-07-12, 11:08 PM
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These trapped in ice corpses reminds me of a book I had as a kid on Franklin's Lost Expedition. Those that perished had died in the 1840s and when uncovered in 1984 they were in remarkable condition. Always creeped me out.
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Old 05-07-12, 11:08 PM
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So they just stand around dead bodies & take pictures. How about trying to get the bodies off the mountain.
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Old 05-07-12, 11:21 PM
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So they just stand around dead bodies & take pictures. How about trying to get the bodies off the mountain.
How would one do that? I assume it would be pretty difficult to carry 200 lbs of frozen dead guy down a mountain.
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Old 05-07-12, 11:24 PM
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How would one do that? I assume it would be pretty difficult to carry 200 lbs of frozen dead guy down a mountain.
Couldn't they just roll them??

I'm just kidding I actually clicked on the link where it said it was impossible to move them!
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Old 05-07-12, 11:36 PM
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Couldn't they just roll them??
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Old 05-07-12, 11:40 PM
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People are already taking oxygen tanks, just take a helium and float them off. Put a gps chip on them and make a scavenger hunt out of it for the kids.

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Old 05-07-12, 11:40 PM
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Re: Dead Bodies on Mount Everest

I was watching the Nova show "Extreme Cave Diving" on Netflix, which was diving in blue holes in the Caribbean (deep, vertical caves, filled with water).

Anyway, they were showing this diver from the '70s deep in one of the caves, with his scuba gear (flashlight / knife, etc). His skull still had his goggles on it. They guessed that he got lost and ran out of air.
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Old 05-07-12, 11:40 PM
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt View Post
Couldn't they just roll them??
They do try to roll them off the trail to keep it clear.
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Old 05-07-12, 11:42 PM
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I was watching the Nova show "Extreme Cave Diving" on Netflix, which was diving in blue holes in the Caribbean (deep, vertical caves, filled with water).

Anyway, they were showing this diver from the '70s deep in one of the caves, with his scuba gear (flashlight / knife, etc). His skull still had his goggles on it. They guessed that he got lost and ran out of air.
I've seen either that show or one like it. Very interesting stuff.
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Old 05-07-12, 11:45 PM
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^^That whole episode is on PBS.com.

http://video.pbs.org/video/1405567128/

NOVA is awesome.
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Old 05-08-12, 12:29 AM
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Their discovery of the diver starts at 10:45.
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Old 05-08-12, 12:37 AM
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I do not understand the allure of climbing a mountain.
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Do you tweet?
Perhaps you meant tweak.
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Old 05-08-12, 01:12 AM
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Great Mountain Climbing Doc if you're interested. Touching the Void

Yes indeed.
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Old 05-08-12, 01:40 AM
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I heard about all the bodies littering the mountain some time ago but the pictures are a great addition to what I already knew. The fact that they mention using the bodies as landmarks is easily the most disturbing thing in that short piece. Using the corpses of failed climbers to keep you moving along and alive is rather creepy.
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Old 05-08-12, 01:47 AM
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How would one do that? I assume it would be pretty difficult to carry 200 lbs of frozen dead guy down a mountain.
sled + mountain = gravity
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Old 05-08-12, 01:48 AM
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"We're already to Ted. I didn't think we'd be past Dan by now, but Bob has to be just over this next little hill. From there it is just a Hank, Skip, and Fred, and we're at the Summit."
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Old 05-08-12, 02:07 AM
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I heard about all the bodies littering the mountain some time ago but the pictures are a great addition to what I already knew. The fact that they mention using the bodies as landmarks is easily the most disturbing thing in that short piece. Using the corpses of failed climbers to keep you moving along and alive is rather creepy.
I don't know if I'd want to use the dead bodies as any kind of guide.

The route they took apparently didn't work out to sell for them...

I think I'd take the path that isn't littered with corpses.
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Old 05-08-12, 02:58 AM
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"We're already to Ted. I didn't think we'd be past Dan by now, but Bob has to be just over this next little hill. From there it is just a Hank, Skip, and Fred, and we're at the Summit."
"We've been walking for six hours and we haven't passed Bill yet! Can't you read the fucking map?! Now we're all going to die!"
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Old 05-08-12, 03:56 AM
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I understand that going on treks to see Everest itself is quite popular, to the point where Namche Bazar is swollen with tourists and filled with bars catering to travelers.
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Old 05-08-12, 06:30 AM
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50 gas yeah ok don't thank so you get pantsn and a couple layers jackets and then so sloshes and shades 0 so your eye balls done get Brunson and then you could even be like then gys before 1990 who should put the neon yellow paint in they nose to reflect the sun and then you start walkin up the mountain. If that soccer team make it in the cold area they was other you should be able to make it here. Whats the 50 $$$ for what do it buy. Now the true tired hard think to do is tight rope walkin like the old mad who die walkin in Cuba or putorico he fell when the wind got bad and now his grandson bout to do the same walk I seen it on espn. Hell eve i could get them body's off I put them on a little sled like in a Christmas movie strap they in tie a rocket to the back and slowly push them down the hill them body be there in 3-8 minutes at the bottom. Bastards probably been lootin the body's for decades and some that money is wirth lots of Manley like the old 100 dollar bills some these dead climbers had they could be one them red seal dollar bills that worth lots o money.
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$50,000? Yeah, I don't think so. You get some pants, a couple layers of jackets, some galoshes and some sunglasses to deal with the brightness. You could even be like the guys before 1990, who used to put neon yellow paint on their noses to reflect the sunlight. Then you start walking up the mountain. If members of that Uruguayan rugby team could survive in the Andes, you should be able to survive Everest. What's the $50,000 for? What does it buy?

I think it's much more impressive when people walk tightropes. There was an old man in Cuba or Puerto Rico who died attempting a walk. He fell due to high winds. Now his grandson's about to attempt the same walk. I saw it on ESPN.

Hell, even I could get the bodies off Everest. I'd just put them on a sled, like in a Christmas movie. Strap them in, tie a rocket to the back and push them down the hill. The bodies would be to the bottom in 3-8 minutes.

The bastards who climb Everest have probably been looting the dead bodies for decades. Some of the money on those bodies is worth lots of money. Like, some of the old $100 bills that the dead climbers had on them could be older currency with the red seals and those are worth lots of money.
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Old 05-08-12, 07:27 AM
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Re: Dead Bodies on Mount Everest

Reinhold Messner, he was the first to climb Chomolungma (Everest) without oxygen bottles. He then went back and did it alone. In some of his books he talks about how these mountains are becoming garbage dumps. But climbing is a big source of income for the generally poor areas where most of these mountains are.
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Old 05-08-12, 08:00 AM
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"We've been walking for six hours and we haven't passed Bill yet! Can't you read the fucking map?! Now we're all going to die!"
Don't worry, at least you will become part of the map now!
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I do not understand the allure of climbing a mountain.
Because it's there.
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