A few days ago we were told of a report that claimed there was a dead climber
on Everest on the North side, based on the source of the report we doubted it
was true. This report is again FALSE. For those of you who are new to
reporting on Everest, some people do not confirm deaths before reporting, nor
do they seem to care about the families if someone has died, as they publish
any rumor heard anywhere, even from a bar. Many of those rumors turn out
false, year after year. Such is the state of what some call "reporting".
Families of course get very emotional when dead climbers on the mountain are
reported. The good news seems to be few people believe these false reports
when published these days or even know about them...
From Everest 2004
Press sources about 5 hours ago started reporting the death
of a leader of the Greek Everest Expedition, however, the report is false.
They used the name of a person who was not even on Everest!
None of the leaders of the Greek expeditions nor any
other member of the Greek expedition on Everest is dead. This false story
must be causing a great stress on the Greek expeditions on Everest.
As we understand the story, another Greek climber, sadly
died on another mountain...
"It is clarified that all
the members of mountaineering mission Hellas Everest 2004 are very good in
their health as well as that they do not run through no danger. ", according
to the Greek expedition
This is course is not the first time false deaths have been
reported on Mt Everest or other 8000 meter peaks. Kami Sherpa's reported death
on Everest last year was false as well as the 20 deaths reported on Cho
While the origination of
these reports are unknown to EverestNews.com, clearly the reporting of deaths
on Everest without confirmation is unethical, immoral, and just plain
We have done several stories on this in the
past, in 2003 before the season we wrote...
Editorial Comment: For those of you following
Everest coverage for the first time, you should know several false deaths have
been reported in the last 4 years by various sources. From Zeddy, to
Jaime Viñals, to Russians climbers, to George last
year; numerous climbers have been reported dead by others when they were
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