An information visualization of the May 10-11th, 1996 Mt. Everest disaster
The above list of names is not exhaustive. Other Sherpas assisting the three expeditions also participated in the May 10th summit push. Expedition members who did not attempt the summit are likewise not listed. Two other expeditions also summitted on May 10th and May 11th but approached from the Northeast Ridge route: the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Everest expedition and Japanese-Fukuoka Everest expedition. Indians Tsewang Smanla, Tsewang Paljor, and Dorje Morup would perish in the storm. Finally, many other expeditions and personnel were present on Mt. Everest during the spring of 1996 but did not summit on May 10th or May 11th. The MacGillivray Freeman IMAX/IWERKS expedition and Apline Ascents International expedition, stationed at lower camps on May 10th, were quick to offer aid to the climbers in need.
Those interested in the events leading up to, during, and after May 10th and 11th will find detailed accounts in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and Anatoli Boukreev's The Climb, co-written by G. Weston Dewalt. Although Krakauer's recounting of events is the most widely read and popularized, the response from his fellow climbers had been mixed. Most notably, Anatoli Boukreev disputed Krakauer's assessment of Boukreev's performance as a guide. Other climbers, including Lene Gammelgaard and Beck Weathers, have also penned their own retellings in books and letters.
In memory of Anatoli Boukreev,* Scott Fischer, Rob Hall, Doug Hansen, Andy Harris, Bruce Herrod,* Dorje Morup, Yasuko Namba, Tsewang Paljor, Lopsang Jangbu Sherpa,* Ngawang Topche Sherpa,* Tsewang Smanla, and Chen Yu-Nan.*
*These individuals were present during the 1996 spring climbing season but did not perish during the days of May 10th and May 11th. Bruce Herrod of the South African team did not attempt to summit on May 10th, but perished on the Southeast Ridge on May 25th. On September 25th, Lopsang Jangbu Sherpa was killed in an avalanche on another Everest expedition. Ngawang Topche Sherpa, a Sherpa working for the Mountain Madnesss team, came down with HAPE on April 22nd. He died on June 6th at Kathmandu hospital. Chen Yu-Nan of the Taiwanese expedition fell down the Lhotse Face on May 9th and later succumbed to his injuries. In 1997, Anatoli Boukreev was killed by an avalanche while ascending Annapurna in Nepal.
Created for the UofT MSC2019H Data and Information Visualization course, April 3rd, 2013.