Am reading about Michael Crichton’s climb up Mt. Kilamanjaro, and in doing separate research was surprised to learn that several people die each year trying to climb the mountain (usually from altitude sickness). This got me curious about Mt. Everest, and how many people die climbing Everest. What I was surprised to learn is that there are currently more than 200 people still on Everest, meaning they died near the top and could not be brought back down so are left there. In some cases, climbers have to step over the bodies to make the summit. It is referred to as a “graveyard” since there are so many people laying there. Ugh.
I will never ever try to climb Everest. That would be true even if I didn’t have lung disease 🙂