Mount Everest: US-American dies in Camp 2


The fourth death in the still young spring season is reported from the highest mountain on earth. According to media reports, a 69-year-old retired doctor from the United States, who had ascended to Camp 2 at about 6,400 meters to acclimatize, passed away. He had not felt well when he arrived at the camp and died there a short time later, they said. It is possible that he suffered from high altitude sickness.

HAPE on Cho Oyu

Last year on Everest, the American had reached Camp 3 at about 7,300 meters. According to information from Everest expert Alan Arnette, the former doctor had had to turn back in 2016 during an attempt on the eight-thousander Cho Oyu in Tibet at 6,400 meters because of an high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) – “despite no earlier issues with altitude sickness,” as Alan wrote.

IMG: Route was not to blame

South side of Mount Everest, Khumbu Icefall on the lower left
South side of Mount Everest (in 2002)

U.S. expedition operator International Mountain Guides confirmed that one of its clients died at Camp 2. His death was “not the result of a climbing accident or route condition that would be of potential impact or safety concern to any other teams on the mountain,” IMG let it be known.

However, as I learned from Everest Base Camp, the route in the Lhotse flank above Camp 2 is at high risk of rockfall because little snow fell on Everest from November to March.

As reported, the collapse of a serac in the Khumbu Icefall in mid-April had killed the Nepalese climbers Da Chhiri Sherpa, Pemba Tenzing Sherpa and Lakpa Rita Sherpa. Canadian climber Jill Wheatley started a fund-raising campaign on the Internet for the families of the three deceased climbers.

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