Death Zone

Death Zone2016-12-29T10:09:01+00:00

Death Zone 

Death Zone image from New Medical Terms

Death Zone, Mount Everest

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Death Zone is a sobriquet for a place on Mount Everest which is located above the last staging camp at the South Col, so named because of the steep icy slope, treacherous conditions and low oxygen level.

On 21 May 2012, three climbers died and two others went missing while descending from the summit of Mount Everest. The deadly weekend unfolded as up to 300 (!!!!!) climbers tried to reach the top during a two day window of good weather, resulting in a traffic jam on the mountain. In traffic jams, climbers must wait for their chance to go up the trail and thus spent too much time at higher altitude. Everest’s climbing season runs from late March to early June. The Nepalese government places no limits on how many climbers can be on the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) mountain. The deadliest day on Everest was May 10, 1996, when eight people who started their ascent late in the day were caught in a snowstorm in the afternoon and died. The pricetag for the climb ranges from $36,300 to $100,000 and takes a bit over two months. Mark Jenkins of National Geographic magazine described the typical frostbitten and sunburned Everest climber, “To a one, they are shattered, having gone 15 rounds with the most brutal and merciless of opponents: the weather — inhuman cold and punching wind at high altitude on Everest.” 

References http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/05/22/f-mount-everest-cost.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2147998/Mount-Everest-deaths-Shirya-Shah-Klorfines-words-dying-base-camp-save-me.html

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