Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, beckoning climbers from all over the globe to summit its 29,029-foot peak. However, the mountain can prove deadly, and what happens to your body in such extreme weather is frightening—members of the 1996 Everest expedition became stuck in a blizzard, which claimed the lives of eight people. Beck Weathers was one of the members on that trip. He survived after nearly going blind, getting hypothermia, and waking up after a 15-hour coma. A combination of ego, weather, and timing all contributed to the tragedy in one way or another. Sadly, the 1996 Everest climb wasn't the deadliest day in the mountain's history. The bodies of those who died on Everest, among about 200 others, have found their final resting place in the treacherous mountain's ice and snow.
No One Knows Exactly Why Weathers Awoke From A Coma
Weathers Nearly Blinded Himself When He Scratched His Cornea With An Ice Crystal
Weathers's Wife Saved His Life
Weathers Became Unhealthily Obsessed With Climbing
Expedition Leaders' Egos Almost Certainly Contributed To The Tragedy
Weathers Wasn't The Only Survivor