Part Two of The Current
Climbing Mount Everest Safely - Friend of Shriya Shah-Klorfine
George Mallory dreamed of being the first person to reach the top of Everest. It will likely never be known if the British climber actually made it in the 1924 expedition.
But he IS one of the first people to be killed on the mountain and his body remains on its slopes. Everest is a serial killer. Dreamers who challenge it are crushed, frozen, asphyxiated and exhausted. Some bodies are retrieved. Some join Mallory where the earth really does touch the sky.
Among the most recent fatalities is a Canadian climber, Shriya Shah-Klorfine. She was one of four who died on the mountain last weekend.
Jon Kedrowski is a U.S. climber and academic studying the impact of waste on the mountain. He was on Everest that weekend and watched as it took another climber. Undeterred, Jon Kedrowski plans to try again. He's just one of more than 100 people hoping to reach the summit by Sunday.
Friends of Shriya Shah-Klorfine are now focused on planning a memorial and trying to retrieve her body. Priya Ahuya is one of those friends. She joined us in our Toronto studio.
Climbing Mount Everest Safely - Panel
Alan Arnette knows the lure of Everest. Three times he tried and failed to reach the top. Finally, last year, at age 54, he did it. He's blogged about Everest for the past decade. We reached him at his home base in Fort Collins, Colorado. Sharon Wood joined us from Canmore, Alberta. She was the first North American woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. And from Invermere, British Columbia, we were joined by Pat Morrow. He climbed Everest as part of his quest to become the first person to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents.
This segment was produced by The Current's Ellen Saenger.
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