Altitude sickness apparently isn't warded off by veganism. Who knew?
"A woman who died of altitude sickness while climbing Mount Everest took on the challenge to prove that 'vegans can do anything'.
Maria Strydom died on Saturday afternoon after having to turn back from the final leg of the expedition because she felt unwell.
She returned to Camp 4, the last camp before the mountain's summit, on Friday where she spent the night but died from lack of oxygen the following day."
To me, this was one of those '"Hey, look at me" stunts that completely underestimated how truly dangerous climbing the world's tallest peaks still is -- despite the nature of mass climbing expeditions up Everest these days. Certain of the trails leading up to that mountain's summit still contain the frozen corpses of some 200 climbers who died trying to make the ascent over the years, from what I've read. So while it's great that this woman -- who was an experienced climber -- felt veganism was something that needed defending (and I used to be a lacto-ovo vegetarian for some time) it's not so great she lost her life in the process. Those big mountains are still killers and we're puny lifeforms in the face of them, for all that many of us feel we 'can do anything'.
Melbourne woman Maria Strydom dies on Mount Everest | Daily Mail Online