Death is in the thin air

The day prior to our departure for Everest base camp, our guide informed us that three people had died of altitude sickness over the previous week. He stressed “we must be very safe”.

As we climbed the mountain, we were constantly reminded of the dangerous nature of alpine sport. We stumbled across numerous plaques dedicated to fallen climbers and heard the frequent buzz of rescue helicopters.

A memorial for Korean climbers

A rescue helicopter

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