Published: Fri, May 24, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

American Climber Dies on Everest After Reaching Highest Peak on Each Continent

American Climber Dies on Everest After Reaching Highest Peak on Each Continent

Kami Rita Sherpa, a 50-year-old veteran Nepali mountaineer, scaled Mt Everest for the 24th time Tuesday as he guided an Indian police team atop the world " s highest peak, breaking his own record for the most Everest ascents within a week.

Cash, a grandfather from Utah, collapsed near a portion of the trail which had an altitude of about 8,770 meters (28,700 feet), according to Pioneer Adventure. "Climbing Sherpas, however, tried to save his life offering their oxygen to Donald on the descent". Despite their best efforts in providing the best guidance, sufficient oxygen supplies and medical support they could not save his life.

Cash, who resided in Sandy, Utah, was coming back down from the peak after a more than 12-hour push to the top when he suffered what his family believes was a heart attack, The Post reported.

"He taught us that nothing was impossible", Brandalin Cash, his daughter, tells NBC affiliate KSL-TV. You can do literally anything.

Cash had written on his LinkedIn page that 2019 was the year he planned to take five months off from working as a "kick ass" sales executive to join the "Seven Summits Club" after reaching the top of Antarctica's 16,050-foot Mount Vinson.

"The last message he sent to me, he said 'I feel so blessed to be on the mountain that I read about for the last 40 years, '" his son Tanner Cash told KSL.

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The deaths take the toll on Everest to four this season, after an Indian climber died last week and an Irish mountaineer was presumed dead after he slipped and fell close to the summit.

"Bagwan died of dehydration, exhaustion and tiredness after being caught in the jam of climbers", said Keshab Paudel of the Peak Promotion hiking agency that handled the climber's logistics.

But a small window of suitable weather before the short season ends has in recent days triggered bottlenecks of hundreds of climbers wanting to achieve for many - although perhaps not for purists - the ultimate in mountaineering.

Cash made it to the top of Everest but collapsed on the descent on the famed the "Hillary Step", a vertical rock face on the south side of the mountain.

An equal number of Nepalese guides are helping them to get to the summit.

"There were only short weather windows and everyone was trying to climb at once", he said.

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