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Causes of Death on Mount Everest

Can you name the different ways people have died while attempting to climb Mount Everest?
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Last updated: June 5, 2022
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First submittedApril 7, 2017
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Cause
# of Deaths
Avalanche/Icefall
95
Fall
77
Altitude Sickness (AMS)
32
Exposure
26
Illness (non-AMS)
22
Exhaustion
20
Disappearance/Unknown
16
TOTAL
288
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Level 75
Sep 13, 2019
Surprised Yeti isnt there :)
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Level 83
Sep 13, 2019
Could account for some of the disappearances!
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Level 67
Oct 6, 2020
And falls, and avalanches...
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Level 81
Dec 23, 2019
And nobody has been murdered yet.
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Level 87
Dec 23, 2019
16 so far.
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Level 87
Dec 23, 2019
Another 77 suspicious.
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Level 68
Feb 23, 2020
You could argue some were murder: people were left behind, stolen supplies, etc
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Level 84
Feb 23, 2020
I tried hypoxia. That should probably be accepted for altitude sickness. Maybe with other type-ins like low oxygen or asphyxia though the latter isn't entirely correct. I also tried freezing for exposure (got it when I typed in hypothermia), yetis, murder, and some other things that didn't show up.
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Level 83
Feb 23, 2020
Thanks, kalbahamut! I've incorporated some of your suggestions!
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Level 61
Feb 23, 2020
I put "tired" and "muscles" which seem like the same idea as exhaustion.
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Level 83
Feb 23, 2020
"Tired" should have worked! I added muscles for you.
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Level 33
Jun 5, 2022
How about fatigue?
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Level 31
Feb 23, 2020
I put starve and freeze
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Level 53
Feb 23, 2020
Perhaps overexertion could work for exhaustion as well?
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Level 51
Feb 23, 2020
Bruh accept exhaustedness or exhaust please
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Level 74
Aug 13, 2020
Someone tell me why drowning was the first thing I typed
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Level 78
Sep 11, 2020
That is the most common way for a yeti to dispatch its victim.
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Level 56
Dec 9, 2020
I can back up this claim :)
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Level 50
Jan 26, 2021
Would hunger/starvation fall under any of these? Or does that not happen?
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Level 83
Aug 28, 2021
People would die of thirst well before dying of hunger, which could take over a month to happen, so is unlikely to occur on Everest.
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Level 55
Apr 24, 2021
Can you accept HAPE for altitude sickness. Thanks! Great Quiz!
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Level 83
Apr 24, 2021
Done! Thanks!
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Level 84
Nov 10, 2021
Had almost 2 minutes to try to come up with "exhaustion", but didn't get it. Came up with a bunch of ways that apparently are not such popular ways to cash in one's chips on Everest...

Yeti attack

Drowning

Murder

Suicide

Spontaneous combustion

Lightning strike

Automobile accident

Keeping your eyes open when opening the Ark of the Covenant

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Level 71
Jun 4, 2022
I did come up with exhaustion. Almost exactly 1 second after the timer ran out. Having stared at the remaining slot for a good 2 mins and 1 sec! Oh well..
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Level 49
May 29, 2022
I typed things like "tired", "cold", and "falling". I got everything right and now I know what imposter syndrome feels like.
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Level 55
May 30, 2022
I tried hunger / food, thirst / water, bears / animals, murder, hurricane / tornado... not really sure what was going through my mind.
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Level 44
May 31, 2022
I don't know why, but I tried typing things like murder, suicide, execution, hunger death XD
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Level 70
Jun 7, 2022
I... wha.... execution?

I mean I get the not knowing and just guessing things that result in death, but who exactly is going to be executed on a remote mountain?

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Level 76
Dec 3, 2022
one of the first things that came to mind was decapitation. I feel like that's something that could accidentally happen while climbing a mountain, right?
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Level 63
Jun 4, 2022
Could sickness be accepted for illness?
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Level 83
Jun 4, 2022
It is!
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Level 71
Jun 4, 2022
I was so excited to get to the comments page to write some funny remark about yetis… apparently not as original as I’d hoped. I did also have the word ‘cannibalism’ flash through my mind but I guess that’s not actually a cause of death as such.
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Level 68
Jun 4, 2022
Could you add fatigue as an alternate for exhaustion
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Level 47
Jun 5, 2022
This was kind of confusing. I wrote "heart attack", which was accepted as a type-in for illness, but then couldn't get exhaustion, which isn't really a cause of death in itself but something that brings on a heart attack. Cardiac arrest wasn't accepted for either.
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Level 83
Jun 5, 2022
Good point. I moved the heart attack type-in to the exhaustion category and also added cardiac arrest.
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Level 47
Dec 9, 2022
Hmm... insanity didn't work...