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More details, and blame, in the death of Canadian Everest victim

Shriya Shah-Klorfine was warned by a senior Sherpa that she could die, but went anyway—allegedly without enough oxygen


 

On May 19, 2012, Shriya Shah-Klorfine was one of six people who died on Mount Everest. The 33-year-old Torontonian had always wanted to make the more than 8,000-m climb, and with no climbing experience, she paid nearly $40,000—or considerably more, according to Maclean’s sources—to Utmost Adventure Trekking to guide her.

An investigation done by CBC’s The Fifth Estate, claims that the Nepalese expedition company that took Shah-Klorfine up the mountain let her go with less-experienced Sherpas—after the senior Sherpa refused to take her. The report says that the company, which was a startup that had never guided anyone to the summit, should have known she would run out of oxygen.

Veteran Everest guide Russell Brice told CBC that Shah-Klorfine was given enough oxygen to reach the peak of the mountain, but not enough to get back down. She had been climbing for 27 hours straight when she died, and her body was carried down around 10 days later.

Still,  Jonathon Gatehouse reported in the Maclean’s profile on Shah-Klorfine that  she was lagging behind in her training and was warned that she could die. Bruce Klorfine, Shah-Klorfine’s husband, said in an interview with CBC that his wife never told him this and he’s surprised they still let her go.

Gatehouse’s piece details Shah-Klorfine’ single-mindedness about reaching the top of the mountain even though she was the slowest climber, was urged by the trekking company to turn around as she grew weaker, and eventually needed to be pushed and pulled by the Sherpas back down the mountain.

 


 
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More details, and blame, in the death of Canadian Everest victim

  1. The West’s mindless cult of ambition is to blame. Reverence of fool’s errands. The emperor wears no clothes. The mountain, BTW, has the most trophies on its mantelpiece…

    • Totally agree. These morons put other people at risk. Good riddance. At least she will stay dead

  2. She deserved what she got. It is HER fault entirely. At least she won’t be reprodicung more idiots like her

  3. “The senior Sherpa refused to take her”……”She ha don climbing experience”.

    She was the author of her own demise. The fault lies squarely on her shoulders.

  4. unfortunitly people like this have to die of arrogance

  5. There is nothing wrong with ambition and chasing dreams. What she lacked are rigorous training and common sense.

  6. She won’t produce more idiots like herself? At least she’ll stay dead? What’s wrong with you people? I agree she should have come down and had way more sense but have a respect.

  7. A narcissistic, self absorbed ego tripper. Why couldn’t her husband have talked her out of it or refused to re-mortgage their house to finance this stupidity ? It’s a tragedy but it didn’t have to happen.

  8. Should we be surprised that a magazine that recently asked Canadians what being Canadian mean to them would then go and put this piece on, and tabloid-style, too?

    There are plenty of Canadians who are dying right here in Canada, from neglect, or intentional acts committed by those with the power and lack of compassion and integrity that, taken together, result in unethical decisions resulting in premature death.

    Shriya was a relative newcomer to Canada, whose only interest in being Canadian was apparently to go back to her homeland and do what she had dreamt of doing and use this to say how much she loved Canada.

    Try focusing on Canadians and how their efforts are being hindered, and who have something more relevant to offer Canada, not just being the the first to climb Everest.

  9. This is sad, but that is ALL that it is. I have little to no interest in well off people spending $100,000 plus to pursue their ‘dream’ – a dream that they are not physically prepared for. She clearly was unprepared, but had the money – that is the down side of being rich. Who knew!

    • Actually it was $40,000 you moron.

      • Oh, it was only $40,000. That’s a much more reasonable price to pay to lose your life. I feel much better about this now.

    • See CBC article ‘Save me last words of Mount Everest climber’ for amount spent.
      “Her godfather, Bikram Lamba, said she mortgaged her house to pay for the expedition, at a cost of nearly $100,000.”

  10. Actually, I was just wondering, who said what and who to believe. I clicked on the link to Jonathan Gardhouses’s profile on Shriya, but it wanted one to buy the ebook he has written, so I didn’t get to find out what was meant by “she was lagging behind in her training and was warned that she could die.” I assume he meant her training in Nepal, but I recall discussing this before and some concern was mentioned about her training consisting of walking around the block in Toronto with a backpack on. So, how long was she there, and what was expected she would learn during that time? and how much of the blame is being laid upon the feet of the sharpa, and how much should be laid on Canadians, her husband and Shriya herself, for not being prepared. She wasn’t a mountain climber.

    Furthermore, Bruce Korfine said his wife never told him she was lagging behind in her training (so they said) and was surprised they (the sherpas, the trainers?) let her go. But who told him that this was what the sherpas or triainers told her, and how does he know it was true? What made him, the husband, think that an inexperienced non-mountain climber would climb Everest with the amount of formal training she got over a period of x months?

  11. The real tragedy here is the fact that the media have sucked people in to yet another who cares Mt. Everest death story. Once a year the Pope “prays for peace” (Christmas) and this is news? Once a year someone dies on Everest and this is news?

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