We all love adventurism but only a few of us have the courage and the strength to actually take up a task which involves adventure and a heavy amount of risk and danger. In this write-up, we have for you a list of ten most tragic mountaineering expeditions ever. These brave men and women wanted to make history and experience the real taste of adventure in the wilderness. However, it didn’t end up quite well for them. But, the sunny side is that they are still remembered and have become a source of inspiration for us all.
10. Dhaulagiri, Nepal : Most Tragic Mountaineering Expeditions
If you are into adventurism and mountaineering, there is zero possibility that you have not heard of Dhaulagiri in Nepal. The mountain is 8, 167 meters high and is probably one of the finest destinations for mountaineering expeditions. However, accidents are a part of this kind of sport, therefore the mountain and an unfortunate accident occurred on it has made it to our list of ten most tragic mountaineering expeditions ever. Did I forget to mention that the Dhaulagiri is earth’s seventh highest mountain? Oh yes, it is. On 28th of April, 1969, six American mountaineers and two Sherpas started off to the top of the mountain during the ice-fall. They were carrying along material that they picked up from their camp. The team wanted to build a bridge of logs over a crevasse, which stood in their way up at the height of 5,200 meters. Tragically, when they were attempting to place the bridge, an avalanche dropped down rapidly and killed seven of them. None of the bodies were recovered. The incident was recollected by the eighth member, who miraculously survived the injuries.
9. Nanga Parbat, Pakistan
Nanga Parbat is another one of the favorite destinations of mountaineers around the world. This 8, 126 meters high mountain is based in Pakistan. It is the ninth highest mountain in the world. Known as the ‘Killer Moutain’, Nanga Parbat is known for the tragic accidents that have happened on the mountain. Probably, this is the reason why you have found it here on our list of ten most tragic mountaineering expeditions ever. In 1937, a team of mountaineers was financed by the Nazi government to conduct the mountaineering expedition; the team was led by an experienced mountaineer from Germany. There were seven German mountaineers and nine Sherpas, who all fell a victim to an avalanche. This is still remembered as one of the worst disasters to have taken place on this deadly mountain.
8. Eiger, Switzerland
The Eiger, located in Switzerland, is also known as the murder wall. In 1936, the most tragic incident happened on the mountain when a team of four renowned mountaineers was swept away by an avalanche. The team had already climbed the mountain and this was their second attempt. However, death did not let them do so. The team included Andreas Hinterstoisser, Toni Kurz, Willy Angerer and Edi Rainer. Kurz did not die on the spot like the others. He survived but succumbed to injuries and died after a few hours. This tragic mountaineering incident definitely deserves to be on our list of ten most tragic mountaineering expeditions ever.
7. Mount Temple, Canada
Next on our list of ten most tragic mountaineering expeditions ever we have the tragic mountaineering expedition carried out by a bunch of Canadian teenage boys. This has to be one of the most tragic mountaineering incidents of all times. There were eleven teenage boys, who were trekking Southwest Ridge sometime in the July of 1955. These boys between ages 12 and 16, were unsupervised and amateur. Seven of them were caught in an avalanche.
The reason you have found this mountaineering expedition on our list of ten most tragic mountaineering expeditions ever is that this incident of tragedy actually is an acute example of controversies surrounding guide-client relationship. The incident happened in Everest when in the year 2004, Nils Antezana, a 69 years old pathologist from Alexandria, Virginia reached Everest through Southeast Ridge. He had hired a guide named Gustavo Lisi. Nils, while doing the climb, got sick. It is perhaps believed that he suffered from the onset of cerebral edema. He collapsed, while the guide and the two other Sherpas continued to camp, leaving Nilz in the snow. The next morning, they could not find Nils body anywhere in the snow. This was thought to be more like a criminal behavior than a sheer cat of negligence on part of the guide.