A facility in Tibet on the way to
base camp Photo by Tom West©EverestNews.com You really have to be there sometimes.
with some horrible events that have been taking place on Everest in the last
Everest Summits are growing
into the hundreds per year. The buzz this success has created brings more and
more people to the mountain each year. In the last few years, a horrible and
shocking, somewhat unbelievable trend is developing. The undressing of dead
climbers on the mountain with the intent to take the clothes, climbing boots,
or other gear back to Kathmandu or somewhere else and sell it!
This obviously needs to stop and stop now. One of the
cases from the last few years involves Zoran Miletic. Zoran was on a low
budget expedition. He died in camp 2 (75000 meters) on Everest after asking
others for help, but basically was left to die as no one had time to help him.
We can debate the issues of a climber assisting another fallen climber for
years. But what happened next, cannot be debated.
Zoran, at some point, was undressed of all his
clothes except his red underwear. His boots were also taken. Sherpas who were
cleaning the mountain sent us (EverestNews.com) pictures of this horrible
event. It is not even certain he was completely dead when this occurred.
Last year an Indian climber who died some years
ago was also undressed down to his underwear. Thou some will speculate as to who
is doing this the names are unknown. Actions like this needs to be stopped now!!! We
encourage anyone who sees events like this in the future to inform the CMA.
The story of " I lost my friend Zoran" is here.
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