Radiologist shares story after climbing Mount Everest

A 38-year-old radiologist from Golden, Colorado, climbed to the top of Mount Everest on May 23. Peter Lowry, MD, had trained for the moment his entire life—but that still didn’t truly prepare him for what he experienced, as detailed in a new report from the Colorado Sun.

“I thought I would see bodies from five, 10, 20 years ago,” Lowry said. “Not from this season. I did not mentally prepare to see people who had died less than 24 hours ago. That brought, I think, an unexpected layer of complexity to how I was processing it, and to be honest, I’m not sure I’m done processing that.”

According to the article, Lowry’s climb came during a deadly, unpredictable climbing season at Everest. Eleven climbers have died just this season. Lowry told the Colorado Sun that he even knew one of the dead climbers he saw during his journey—it was someone he had spent time with earlier this year.

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