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The June ‘National Geographic’ Magazine Article On ‘Maxed Out Mount Everest’, With 4 Dead “In A Day”, Stopped Me In My Tracks.


Anura Guruge

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As I have mentioned before I used to be a Mount Everest junkie and even now have an impressive collection of Mount Everest books.

This morning I was reading the June 2013 issue of ‘National Geographic’ – this being one of the very few magazines that I insist that we subscribe to without fail, year after year.

I started with the Mount Everest article. It commences with the same picture shown in the article above. But, the magazine article has a 5 line caption, which reads:

Traffic chokes the Hillary Step on May 19, 2012. Some climbers spent as long as two hours at this 40-foot rock wall below the summit, losing body heat. Even so, 234 people reached the top on this day. Four climbers died.

That last sentence: “Four climbers died” just seems amazing. The 7th paragraph of the article states the names of the 4 dead. Pages 11-12 of the article actually has a picture of one of the dead, a 33-year old Nepali-Canadian named Shriya Shah-Klorfine.

To be sure, given that I haven’t read all of it, I am not sure whether that opening statement is ambiguous if not outright wrong. The implication is that four died on that day, May 19, 2012. I am not sure. Maybe he saw 4 bodies that day. Because later on in the article there is a graph that claims that there has been no rise in mortality! That it has stayed constant at 1%.

But, all told, 234 people summiting in a day sounds crazy. This is degrading what is our most majestic and sacred of mountains.



Boston Craigslists’ “Rants & Raves” – Heads Up For Other News Junkies. It Can Be An Amazing Resource. A Few Gems Among A Lot Of Flotsam.


by Anura Guruge


As some of you may have worked out I am an inveterate, and now incurable, news junkie. I wake in the morning to either CNN or CNBC and then spend an hour lying in bed, nursing a hot cup of coffee, switching between CNN, CNBC and MSNBC. This week, for obvious reasons, I also watched Boston Channel 7, head and shoulders better than the other two Boston stations.

When I am at my computer, which is quite a few hours a day, I always have a Google News tab open.

But, in reality, when I am working (which can be anything from 8 to 14 hours a day), I get most of my topical news from Craigslists’ Boston “Rant & Raves”! It, as I tell folks, is my barometer to what is really happening out there — beyond New Hampshire. Boston “Rants & Raves” is NOT for a squeamish. There is some pretty vile stuff on there. But, again it shows you what some people are thinking and are feeling.

This week I have been amazed by some of what I read and saw there. On Wednesday, as soon as the likes of CNN and Channel 7 started saying that ‘they’ had video footage of the two perps, somebody (and they all use provocative screen names) posted a picture saying that it was legit. It was very clear. Clearer than anything we were shown on TV the next day or even Friday. It showed the guy in the black cap standing in the crowd. When I then saw the official pictures I was amazed. I am sure it was the same guy.

Tonight, about an hour ago, there was a purported picture of the dead brother, with what I assume are two large bullet wounds pixelated out. It is pretty gruesome and shows some extensive burn marks to the neck and chest. I assume it is is legit. Most of these pictures don’t stay there for long. They get ‘flagged’ or yanked.

What I am trying to get at it is that whoever is posting this stuff has access or contacts. So my trust in CL Boston ‘R&R’ remains intact — though I do have to wade through a lot of unpleasant stuff. I don’t, of course, read all of it. I just scan the titles and only click on those that sound interesting. So this is a heads up for other news junkies. Everything said I probably don’t spend more than 20 minutes, in total, over the whole course of the day checking ‘R&R’. So ROI can be good. I have also learned a lot about what some folks on that ‘list’ think about Indians, Asians and Orientals. Don’t recall Sri Lankans ever getting mentioned, but we probably get lumped in with Indians. As is to be expected it provided many interesting insights during last year’s election season. BUT, be careful. It is not for the sensitive. So please be warned.