Everest Shrugged

Charts produced by Outside Magazine in 2013 showed that working as a sherpa on Everest was far more deadly than serving as an American soldier in Iraq between 2003 and 2007. Yet many sherpas’ names are not known, their lives — and deaths — quickly buried beneath the lore of Everest[.]

via Everest Shrugged.

Last Friday was the deadliest day ever on Chomolungma, when 16 Sherpa died in an avalanche on Khumbu glacier icefall.

Annual Fatality Rates by Profession

(Deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalents)

  • Miners (2000-2010): 25
  • Commercial Fisherman (2000-2010): 124
  • Alaskan Bush Pilots (1990-2009): 287
  • U.S. military in Iraq (2003-2007): 335
  • Everest Sherpas (2000-2010): 1,332
  • Everest Sherpas (2004-2014): 4,053

May they rest in peace (pictures from the funeral).

Everest Shrugged

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