Climber Dies on Everest After Reaching Highest Peak on 7 Continents

first_imgStay on target The climbing world suffered another loss after a 55-year-old Utah man, who had just reached his goal of climbing the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents, died Wednesday.Don Cash, 55, died after reaching the top of Mount Everest, his seventh and final summit.Cash was coming down the mountain after a push to the top that lasted more than 12 hours, according to the Himalayan Times, when he suffered what his family believes was a heart attack.AdChoices广告Hard to swallow the loss of a well loved Adobe alum in Don Cash on his descent from Mt Everest. He was a pleasure to work with and will be greatly missed. https://t.co/GncEbPnLza pic.twitter.com/SVTqrchyVA— Joe Martin (@joeDmarti) May 22, 2019Cash’s children told media outlets their father knew he was on a risky mission. On a previous climb, he lost fingers to frostbite. But he was determined to reach all seven summits. He had previously left his job to join what is called the “Seven Summits Club.”“He taught us that nothing was impossible,” Brandalin Cash, his daughter, told KSL-TV, adding that Everest was “big finishing aspect of his dreams.”“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 said.“He taught us that nothing was impossible,” said Don Cash’s daughter, Brandalin.Don Cash died just after reaching the summit of Mount Everest this week. His children say they’ll always remember the lessons he taught them. https://t.co/EksTQKbahy— Sean Moody (@SeanMoodyKSL) May 23, 2019Cash 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. He died in the afternoon, Pasang Sherpa, chairman of Pioneer Adventure Pvt. Ltd., told the Himalayan Times.There was reportedly heavy traffic on Everest as guides attempted to bring Cash down the mountain. Around 200 mountaineers, including guides, were attempting to reach the summit on Wednesday, according to the Times.According to Gyanendra Shrestha, a liaison officer at the Everest base camp, several climbers said they had to wait for over two hours to cross the south summit.“Everyone seems in a hurry to reach the summit point when the weather is clear. The second summit window may last for the next two days,” Shrestha said.Overall, 41 teams, with 378 climbers, have permits to scale Everest during the spring season, with an equal number of guides.Don Cash hired me at @Adobe and changed the course of my career and life. Such an amazing man who was a great boss, mentor, father, and grandpa. Rest In Peace “Badass Grandpa”. pic.twitter.com/3hUWOEJECQ— Josh Ray (@J_T_Ray) May 22, 2019Cash’s body will remain on Everest. His family told NBC News their father signed a waiver that his body would be left in the event of his death.On Facebook, Cash described himself as a “kick-ass sales executive, husband, father and grandpa,” and posted about going on a “Seven Summits Sabbatical.”In January, he had summited the Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica.Tributes have poured in for Cash in social media, where posters and commenters praised Cash for his “passion for life.”Fellow climber Dave Roskelley, who reached the summit of Mt. Everest in 2013, told Fox 13 he is comforted knowing Cash died doing what he loved.“He was a go-getter. Knowing him, he’s probably happy that’s where his body will be laid to rest,” Roskelley said.More on Geek.com:Three of the World’s Top Climbers Presumed Dead After Avalanche35 Incredible Images of Earth’s Mountains and Volcanoes from SpaceIce Climbing World Cup Heads to America for First Time 35 Incredible Images of Earth’s Mountains and Volcanoes From SpaceHistoric Weather Data Helps Modern Scientists Understand Climate Change last_img

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