Famed Utah Mountain Man Collapses, Dies

Donald Lynn Cash moments after completing his quest to climb the tallest summit on every continent. Photo by: Don Cash, Facebook

Even sherpas could not save him

| CNN – An American mountaineer from Utah died this past week while descending from the summit of Mt. Everest.

Donald Lynn Cash, 55 of Sandy, Utah, fainted due to high altitude sickness, according to expedition company Pioneer Adventure Pvt.

“Our supporting Sherpa Guides did immediate massage, CPR and raised his oxygen pressure to keep him alive,” the company said in a news release.

“In that situation, our Sherpa Guides tried to rescue and drag him down towards Camp 4 as quick as they could.”

Cash had collapsed an elevation of approximately 8,770 meters [28,773 ft; the summit of Mount Everest is 29,029 ft. – Ed.]

“Despite their best efforts in providing the best guidance, sufficient oxygen supplies and medical support they could not save his life,” the company said.

Cash, who is also a grandfather, died after completing his goal of climbing the highest mountain on every continent, his children told CNN affiliate KSL.

Cash’s body will likely remain on Everest, according to KSL. Read more. 

A Utah man’s quest ends tragically after he reaches the top of Mount Everest

By Cindy Boren, May 23

The Washington Post – A 55-year-old Utah man who had just accomplished his quest to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents died Wednesday, collapsing just after he had reached the peak of Mount Everest.

Donald Lynn Cash of Sandy, Utah, was coming down the mountain after a push to the top that lasted more 12 hours, according to the Himalayan Times, when he suffered what his family believes was a heart attack.

Guides, who tried to revive Cash with oxygen and CPR, carried him down below the famed Hillary Step, a vertical rock face on the south side of the mountain. He died in the afternoon, Pasang Sherpa, chairman of Pioneer Adventure Pvt. Ltd., told the Times.

It is not clear whether guides were hampered by heavy traffic on Everest as they attempted to bring Cash down the mountain. Around 200 mountaineers, including guides, were attempting to reach the summit on Wednesday, according to the Times.

Climbers told the Times on Wednesday that waits of more than two hours were not uncommon as they left Camp IV, the last before the summit.

“There’s a long queue of climbers above Camp IV,” Gyanendra Shrestha, a liaison officer at the Everest base camp, told the publication. “Everyone seems in a hurry to reach the summit point when the weather is clear.”

Overall, 41 teams, with 378 climbers, have permits to scale Everest during the spring season, with an equal number of guides.

Cash, who described himself as “a kick-ass sales executive, husband, father and grandpa” on Facebook, was on what he said was a “Seven Summits Sabbatical.”

He had reached the penultimate peak on his list, Antarctica’s Vinson Massif, in January.

“I am truly blessed to be able to take the next five months off on a sabbatical to finish the last two remaining mountains on my Seven Summits Club dream,” Cash wrote on LinkedIn … Read more.