On This Day: May 11th

On May 11th 1996 a blizzard on Mount Everest took the lives of eight mountain climbers, the eight were caught whilst either ascending to or descending from the summit. Many expedition groups were on the mountain including Adventures Consultants and Mountain Madness, the expedition leaders of each Rob Hall and Scott Fischer both died on the fateful day. There is a belief that the sheer number of climbers caused congestion and caused delays which led to the climbers being caught so high on the mountain at such a late time in the day. The disaster was the inspiration for 2015 film ‘Everest’.

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