Canadian climber Shriya Shah-Klorfine among three dead in Mount Everest ‘death zone’
Shriya Shah-Klorfine, of Toronto, was among three people who died while descending from the summit Saturday in what are being described as overcrowded conditions.
“My wife was someone who lived life to its fullest, with irrepressible energy and vitality,” said her husband Bruce Klorfine. “She died in the pursuit of her dreams, and with the satisfaction of having achieved them.”
The three climbers who died were believed to have suffered exhaustion and altitude sickness, Nepali mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha said. Two others were missing Monday as officials were still gathering details from descending climbers.
The death toll raised concerns about overcrowding in what’s known as the “death zone” at the top of Everest.
Why do you want to climb an iceberg? Because it’s there, of course
On a Wednesday afternoon in St. John’s, N.L., Justin Emberley saw a 45-metre iceberg floating less than 100 feet from shore in Quidi Vidi Harbour. He called up his friend, Kevin Le Morzadec, a French citizen doing his Ph.D. on the subject of glacier modeling in Newfoundland, and said, “Let’s climb it.” And climb it they did. They put on their wetsuits and life vests, threw their ice picks and clamp-ons in their bags, jumped in the frigid ocean and swam to the iceberg. The National Post’s Kristin Annable spoke Thursday to Mr. Le Morzadec, as Mr. Emberley listened nearby. (Photos: Jerry Curtis)