The Khumbu Icefall near Mount Everest has countless crevasses that shift and change every season. There is a team of Sherpas who lead the way every season and fix ladders over the wide gaps.
Sometimes, a person crossing a ladder will fall into the glacier. In this video from Allan Meek, a climber flips upside down.
While it’s a little funny to watch, this could lead to a serious situation quickly. Watch below.
As Everest expert Alan Arnette wrote: “The Ice Doctors are made up of a very experienced team of Sherpas who have the skills necessary to create such paths.
“These Sherpa’s are absolutely essential when it comes to those who wish to climb Mount Everest from the Nepali side. Every single year this team of highly skilled Sherpa’s will create new paths by placing ladders across potentially dangerous crevasses.
“As well as this, they set up guide ropes made out of thin nylon. These guide ropes are secured by screws and anchors to make them safe to use. Once these ropes are securely in place, climbers are able to walk across the huge gaps in the ice, using the ladders and ropes.
“In most cases, climbers will use crampons for this daunting task. Understandably, this is a very scary experience, even for the most experienced climber.”