On May 26, just after summiting Mt. Everest, British climber Peter Kinloch died on the descent after three sherpas fought for hours to save him.
Despite appearing fine at the summit, Kinloch, 28, lost his vision suddenly and developed frostbite on two of his fingers. The climber began slipping and stumbling and was taken to the area known as Mushroom Rock, which at around 28,000 feet is still in the “death zone,” where the human body is unable to acclimatize. After eight hours in deteriorating weather conditions of giving him high doses of oxygen and the steroid dexamethasone to treat altitude sickness, the rescue team was forced to retreat.
Kinloch was taking part in the Seven Summits challenge, where climbers attempt to conquer the highest mountain in each continent. He had already finished over half his goal, summiting the highest peaks in Africa, Europe, South America, and North America. The climber completed each of the climbs to raise awareness of obsessive compulsive disorder, of which he was a mild sufferer, through the group OCD Action.
In an article in the Scottish newspaper The Press and Journal published in 2009 about Kinloch’s plans for Everest, he said, “So many people that climb just do it for the personal glory, and I want to give something back.”
In addition to being an avid mountaineer, Kinloch worked in IT in Liverpool and also traveled as a lecturer and motivational speaker. The adventurer was raised on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, where his parents, Peter and Berni, along with his younger brother Iain, run a sporting estate.