To Os or Not to Os

Today more than 3,500 people have reached the summit of Everest, but only 5 percent, or 161 people, have done so without oxygen: 35 Sherpas with no deaths, 117 Westies with 10 deaths. The late, great Russian climber Anatoli Boukreev, author of The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest, made three ascents of Everest without Os, and super-Sherpa Ang Rita from Yilajung, Nepal, made ten oxygenless ascents

To Os or Not to Os – National Geographic



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