7 Memorials to fallen climbers and sherpas
The stacked-stone memorials served as a reminder to Chip and his fellow climbers of the dangers of attempting to summit the world’s tallest mountain, where avalanches are common, falls can spell disaster, and car-sized chunks of falling ice are an everyday occurrence. In addition to the hazards of the terrain, the physical challenges to climbers of Mount Everest are numerous: The high altitude can bring nausea, dizziness, confusion, and death from swelling of the brain. The extreme cold, combined with sustained winds of up to 100 miles per hour, can cause frostbite and hypothermia.
Even the most experienced mountain climbers can perish on the mountain without proper planning, acclimation, and safety procedures. Between 1921 and 2006, 212 deaths were reported on Mount Everest.
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