Bear Grylls' 'Man vs. Everest': Crazy stories that led up to the avalanche tragedy on Mount Everest

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While the lead-up to the "Everest Live Jump" saw the biggest loss of life in Mount Everest history, the Bear Grylls special on the mountain, "Man vs. Everest," makes it clear that this is neither the first evidence of death or insanity on the world's tallest mountain. Who does Bear Grylls profile in the special?

Some of those profiled include:

  • A young man who climbed Everest with his father as a teen -- and who barely survived a deadly avalanche
  • Yuchiro Mira, a man who climbed Mt. Everest three times after the age of 70, previously was the first to try to ski the mountain
  • The Slovenian skier who actually made the continuous descent on skis didn't make it until 2000
  • In 2001, an interrupted snowboard attempt was made by the German, Stefan Gatt
  • One day later, Marco Zafredi made an uninterrupted snowboard from summit to base camp -- one year later, he took a different route and disappeared
  • The 13 Sherpas who died setting up ropes before the "Everest Live Jump" climbing season
  • The storm that killed 8 climbers in 1996 (the basis for Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air")
  • May 19, 2012, when the most people ever reached the summit of Everest -- and three people died
  • Grylls' own attempt to paraglide on the mountain
  • Biplanes flown in from miles away to attempt to fly over the summit -- 10 years before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay manage to climb it
  • The first man to paraglide over the mountain -- crash-landing and breaking ribs in the process
  • Mark Inglis, the first man without legs to climb to the summit of Mount Everest
  • Reinhold Messner, who was the first to attempt to climb Mount Everest without oxygen, something previously seen as impossible


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