The first scientific report of its kind to be released since the deaths of climbers on Mount Everest has found that many experienced climbers did not survive their deaths, and that “the cumulative impact of their failure was not the only reason for their deaths.”
The report, released Thursday by the International Society for Climbing Research (ISCR), is based on interviews with more than 300 survivors and the medical records of other climbers, as well as an analysis of medical records from Mount Everest’s Sherpa base camp.
The study concluded that the “primary cause of death for climbers in the mountaineering community was a fall, which is a direct result of inadequate training, equipment, and equipment management practices, and the failure of the medical staff to take precautions to minimize the risk of injury or death.”
The study found that in contrast to other high-altitude, extreme sports, mountaineers are “inherently vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change and the increased risk of climber falls.”
In the past, researchers have said that exposure to altitude-related risks has been the biggest factor in fatalities.
The authors also noted that “despite the fact that climbers may have been trained and prepared for a potentially hazardous environment, and despite the fact they may have known they would die, they failed to take sufficient precautions to prevent injury and death.”
“There are no ‘good’ climbers, there are only bad climbers,” said Sherpa climber Chris Beattie, who was a member of the Sherpa team that died in the 2012 avalanche.
“And the bad climbers were the ones who had been training for a very long time.
They didn’t have to make any mistakes.
They were just doing what was expected of them, and there were so many mistakes that they didn’t even realize they were making.”
Beatty is now retired and lives in Nepal.
“We were in the Sherpas’ camp when it happened,” he said.
“The next thing I knew, we were in this hotel room.
It was like I didn’t do anything wrong, because I was a good climber, and I didn, so I was in this little room and I was fine.
I knew the Shermen were dead.
I was like, ‘I’ve done my job.
I can breathe.’
It was the worst day of my life.”
Beathie’s mother, a former Sherpa, was one of the survivors who spoke with the ISCR researchers.
She told the researchers that she and her family were given two days off in April 2014, and they were told that it would be a short, easy, and quick vacation.
Instead, they were given an ultimatum: They had to complete a five-day course, or they were out of the camp.
Beatties mother, who had never climbed Mount Everest before, said that her family was told they had to make a two-week, 30-minute ascent, with no oxygen.
She said that at one point, she felt a twinge of pain, and she had to push her head against a wall to get the oxygen mask off her neck.
Beathies mother said that she didn’t know why they were being told they would be sent home in such a short period of time.
“I’m sure they didn.
And it was very bad.
I mean, we had just been to the summit.
But we just weren’t given a lot of time,” Beattys mother said.
Beatts mother, now a professional mountaineer, said she and the other climbers who were sent home had been given no time to rest.
“If you can’t rest and you can see your family, they’re gone,” Beatts said.
The researchers did not say whether they believe that the Sherpas were deliberately sending the climbers home in bad conditions.
But Beattis mother said the Sherps had “absolutely no choice” but to send them home.
“They’re not going to be able to rest, they need to rest and get oxygen, and it’s not like they’ve been in the area all year,” Beathis mother told the ISR researchers.
The ISCR said the report’s findings have been “exclusively” based on the medical evidence, “without any consideration of the psychological impact of the event or of the climbing community.”
The ISC researchers found that “a significant number of the climbers had not been tested for the risk factors associated with death during their stay in the camp, including inadequate oxygen, poor medical care, inadequate communication, and inadequate supervision.”
Beatts family members told the study that they were worried about how the Shermans family would cope with the news of their deaths.
“There were times when my mom would cry, crying, crying,” Beatta said.
He said that the family was “very sad and upset.”
“But then you’re always looking at your family.
And the Sherrmans family, as much as we want them to say it’s a family,