Mountain Climbing Accidents: Deaths On Mount Everest

In honor of all those who weren't able to make it to the summit, here's a list of people who died during their quest to reach the top of Mt. Everest. Mount Everest is the highest mountain on earth and many mountain climbers have died attempting the climb; hoping to stand on top of the world. At 8,848m, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain of the world's fourteen 8,000m peaks and a killer for fatal mountain climbing attempts. Till now there have been 1,924 ascents of Mount Everest and around 179 mountaineers have died in these killer peaks. A blind man has stood on the summit; snowboarders have dared direct descents down her steepest slopes. With all these mountaineering adventures, surprisingly, the death toll of mountain climbers has decreased over the years.
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  • Dec. at 37 (1886-1924)
    Disappeared; body found in 1999; evidence suggests Mallory died from being accidentally struck by his ice axe following a fall. 1924, age 37, from the United Kingdom.
  • Dec. at 35 (1965-2001)
    Fall, 2001, age 35, from Napal.
  • David Sharp

    Dec. at 34 (1972-2006)
    Exposure and exhaustion, 2006, age 34, from the United Kingdom. His death caused a controversy, because many climbers saw that he was dying and refused to help him, because they were in such a hurry to get to the summit.
  • Dec. at 31 (1950-1982)
    Cause of death unknown, 1982, age 31, from the United Kingdom.
  • Dec. at 40 (1955-1996)
    High Altitude Cerebral Odema, exhaustion, frostbite, and exposure, 1996, age 40, from the United States.
  • Dec. at 35 (1961-1996)
    Exposure, 1996, age 35, from New Zealand.