posted on Oct, 19 2018 @ 09:17 AM
a reply to: KansasGirl
Well, in the OP video it's not really clear whether the climbers were climbing, or descending. Most deaths on the big 8000m mountains happen on
descent. I got into alpine climbing for a while when I was much younger so I can readily understand why. You're so focused on getting to the top
it's like the only thing you can think about. Once you summit there is this overwhelming sense of accomplishment and relief. It's extremely easy to
let your guard down and relax thinking it's all 'downhill' from there (literally and metaphorically). The descent is actually more dangerous than the
ascent; you're physically and mentally spent, but now you've got gravity on your side, not working against you. You're moving in the direction
gravity wants to take you, and it's easy to stumble, slip or fall. Even the most minor slip in those places can send a person off a 4,000 foot cliff
(because you have cliffs on all sides of you).
So, to your question of "what are they thinking?"
. The climbers are right on the razor's edge of complete exhaustion, they've accomplished
what they've come there to do, and it's pretty easy to just give up. In your oxygen depleted mind, you've been so focused on a goal for so long and
through so much agony and exertion...you just don't care anymore. The only
thing you want to do is rest. So you fall into this trap thinking
it's okay to do just that, rest. And, this is the exact opposite
thing you should do!
In the OP video, I suspect this is what happened to the Pakistani climber, he just gave up and decided to rest until he ran out of 02, after which
point he would just die. The Sherpa probably succumbed to exposure trying to help him. I'm not sure it matters whether they were going up or down at
That's my take.