A BoB short:
Shriya Shah-Klorfine, 33, of Toronto had dreamed of climbing to the top of Mount Everest since she was nine-years old. On Saturday, after an intense seven-week sojourn to the top, Shah-Klorfine placed a flag on the mountain’s summit, becoming the fourth Canadian woman to scale Mount Everest.
But she did not have much time to relish achieving her lifelong dream. Shah-Klorfine died later that day alongside three fellow climbers during their descent. According to some reports, the deaths were the result of exhaustion and altitude sickness.
“My wife was someone who lived life to its fullest, with irrepressible energy and vitality,” said her husband, Bruce Klorfine, in a statement to the Canadian Press. “She died in the pursuit of her dreams, and with the satisfaction of having achieved them.”
On the climb’s website, the self described “daring lady” patriotically declared, “This is my dream and passion, and [I] want to do something for my country.” Shah-Klorfine was born in Nepal but considered Canada her home. She boisterously added, “Nothing is impossible in this world, even the word ‘impossible’ says ‘I M POSSIBLE!’ ”
The main climbing season on Everest runs from March to June, providing a narrow window of opportunity for adventurers. An estimated 150 climbers took advantage of a break in the weather on Saturday to attempt to reach the top, leading to congestion and potentially lethal delays for any carrying limited oxygen supplies.
– Emily Olesen