Mountain climbing is popular when it comes to outdoor exercise,it’s a good way to get close to the nature,and it can increase your lung capacity,help you get socialized,by the way,it’s economic!
Of course,mountain climbing is not always that easy,you may come across some terrible weather,it may get you sweaty or wet,and if it’s at the high altitude,you may get uncomfortable to breath or coundn’t accustomed to the cold weather.What’s most bad is that the road may be pretty rugged.
As below we’re going to learn some stories about 4 incredible climber survival.
1. JOE SIMPSON
In 1985, Joe Simpson and climbing mate Simon Yates successfully scaled the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes, which up until then had not been ascended. All seemed well until Simpson broke his leg during the descent, and because both men were traveling light, they felt they had no choice but to continue in darkness.
Yates lowered Simpson down the mountain, but when the knot connecting the two men snagged, Yates made the decision to cut the rope, to save himself from being pulled off the face. This sent Simpson falling 150 feet into a crevasse – and yet he did not die. Left alone, Simpson was sure he was finished, but in what he assumed would be “a form of suicide,” he took action by rappelling further into the deep crack in the ice and was able to exit via a ledge. For the next three and a half days, Simpson crawled the agonizing five miles to base camp.
Simpson, like other survivors on this list, wrote about his traumatic experience, and his award-winning 1988 memoir Touching the Void was turned into a documentary film in 2003. While retelling such stories might bring up potentially distressing memories, Susan Pease Banitt, author of The Trauma Toolkit: Healing PTSD From the Inside Out, thinks that it could also have a beneficial effect. “Disclosure promotes physical health and well-being. It does not seem to matter whether the traumas are told in therapy, among friends, or in writing; what does make a difference is the telling,” she says.
2. TONY STREATHER AND JOHN EMERY
Climbers Tony Streather and John Emery were the only two surviving members of a failed four-man Oxford University team’s attempt to summit Haramosh Peak in Pakistan in 1957. And both survivors, particularly Streather, seem to have experienced the Third Man factor during the harrowing ordeal, which included avalanches, multiple falls and exposure to the elements.
According to John Geiger, author of The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible, the phenomenon can occur at low to moderate altitudes as well. Factors like solitude, monotony and isolation may contribute to the appearance of what some see as a supernatural external force, or divine intervention. However, the stress of losing a team member, the so-called “widow effect,” could also play a part.
One of Streather and Emery’s colleagues fell to his death and the other was incapacitated by frostbite and later perished. During the dramatic, failed climb, Streather sensed “a being of some sort” helping him to continue, while at one point Emery felt as though he “had two mindsâ€¦ or was two people.” In both cases, the men’s experiences helped them to survive.
3. CHARLES HOUSTON
In 1953, disaster struck a team of mountaineers attempting to summit the legendary mountain K2 in Pakistan. On August 7, after a series of challenging incidents, expedition member Art Gilkey collapsed, thought to be suffering from thrombophlebitis, or blood clots. Leader Charles Houston and the other climbers made a heroic effort to rescue Gilkey, attempting to descend the mountain in potentially dangerous conditions.
A group fall down a treacherous ice sheet nearly led to the death of almost all of the team members, but incredibly, climber Pete Schoening single-handedly managed to stop six of them plummeting by using an ice axe to quickly set and hold the rope, allowing his colleagues to scrambled back up. Gilkey was subsequently lost in what was assumed to be an avalanche, although the rest of the team made it to safety.
Some people have suggested that Gilkey worked himself free and ended his own life when he realized the peril in which he was putting the expedition. Others have countered this theory, saying that it would have been impossible or was simply not the case. Either way, Houston felt guilty about the turmoil he had put his family through and all but abandoned mountain climbing. Instead, he focused on research into altitude sickness, the results of which may have helped save many climbers’ (and pilots’) lives.
4. JAMES SEVIGNY
While some climbers faced with life-or-death situations may make it through with sheer steely will to survive, others claim to have been aided by a seemingly external and mysterious force. After he was swept away by an avalanche, mountaineer James Sevigny experienced what has been called the Third Man factor.
On April 1, 1983, Sevigny and friend Richard Whitmire were climbing Deltaform in the Canadian Rockies when an avalanche carried the pair almost 2,000 feet down the mountain. Sevigny eventually regained consciousness, but he had suffered an extensive catalog of injuries. His back was broken in two places, and he had torn the ligaments in both knees. One of his arms was fractured, and the other had severe nerve damage thanks to a broken scapula. Several of his ribs were also cracked, his teeth and nose were broken, and he was bleeding internally.
After discovering that Whitmire had perished, Sevigny decided to lie down next to his friend and wait for death – when he heard a voice behind his right shoulder telling him not to give up. The voice continued to give the desperate climber instructions and only left him moments before his discovery and subsequent rescue by skiers. The Third Man factor is a strange, but not uncommon, phenomenon that has been compared to a guardian angel and described as a way to cope in extreme circumstances.