American Man Achieves Dream By Reaching Mount Everest Summit, Then Dies

  
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American Man Achieves Dream By Reaching Mount Everest Summit, Then Dies

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American Man Achieves Dream By Reaching Mount Everest Summit, Then Dies


Richard Gonzales May 23, 2019

A 55-year-old Utah man who told his son that he was "so blessed" to achieve his lifelong dream of reaching the summit of Mount Everest, collapsed and died during his descent on Wednesday.

The family of Donald Lynn Cash, of Sandy, Utah, said the software sales executive and mountaineer apparently died of a heart attack. His body is not recoverable.

"The last message he sent to me personally was, 'I'm so blessed to be on the mountain I have read about for 40 years!' " son Tanner Cash told NBC's Today show.

Cash fell at the top of the summit in the early morning, according to The Himalayan Times , and was brought below the famed Hillary Step on the south side of the mountain by his climbing guides. They tried to save his life by administering oxygen, but he died later in the afternoon.

There are reports that the effort to carry Cash below the Hillary Step was delayed by a traffic jam of other mountaineers trying to reach the summit. Somewhere between 250 to 300 climbers were attempting to reach the summit on Wednesday, according to The New York Times .

"There's a long queue of climbers above Camp IV," Gyanendra Shrestha, a liaison officer at the Everest base camp, told The Himalayan Times . "Everyone seems in a hurry to reach the summit point when the weather is clear."

Cash died as he achieved his goal of climbing highest summits on all seven continents.

"I am truly blessed to be able to take the next 5 months off on a sabbatical to finish the last 2 remaining mountains on my Seven Summits Club dream," he wrote on his LinkedIn page. "Mt. Vinson-Masiff in Antarctica Jan 7-26th, 2019 and then Mt. Everest in Nepal April/May 2019. I'm excited to look for the next chapter of my career in June when I return. Safely. With all my digits."

I think there's just so much peace that comes from knowing that he didn't suffer," Cash's daughter Brandalin told NBC's Today show. "That it was the best way to go."

Cash is the 12th mountaineer to die on Himalayan mountains above 25,000 feet in the spring climbing season, The Himalayan Times reports.

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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    4 months ago

I wonder if he was over excited.  Probably didn't have health issues if he has been a regular mountain climber. 

 
 
 
epistte
1.1  epistte  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 months ago

The stress of high altitude  with its oxygen deprivation probably was the cause of his heart attack.  

 Coming down from the summit is where most people die because you are very tired, are usually running low on oxygen and people get caught on the afternoon storms that kick up very suddenly.

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1.1  MUVA  replied to  epistte @1.1    4 months ago

I hiked for years when snowboarding had a asthma attack in Breckenridge at 12,000 ft I can see your point.

 
 
 
epistte
1.1.2  epistte  replied to  MUVA @1.1.1    4 months ago
I hiked for years when snowboarding had a asthma attack in Breckenridge at 12,000 ft I can see your point.

If they somehow managed to get his body down the Hilary step then it would be much easier to get back to advanced base camp where a helicopter is possible. If that isn't possible, they will roll his body in a tarp and push it off into one of the crevasses. 

 
 
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