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 Scott E. Fischer

Scott E. Fischer

Birth
Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan, USA
Death 11 May 1996 (aged 40)
Mount Everest, Sagarmatha, Nepal
Burial Mount Everest, Sagarmatha, Nepal
Memorial ID 8513780 · View Source
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Mountain Climber, Adventurer, Humanitarian. Scott Fischer was the man behind "Mountain Madness," an expeditionary mountain climbing organization founded in 1984, in Seattle, Washington. An experienced climber, Fischer had scaled Everest successfully four previous times. He and his company were one of the primary groups responsible for the return of trash (left over oxygen bottles, torn up tents and sleeping bags) off the face of the mountain. In all they removed 5,000 pounds of garbage from the mountain. On his fifth ascent of Everest, Fischer and his group were overtaken by a sudden blizzard. Fischer was trapped on the south side of the mountain at about 27,600 feet. He likely developed cerebral or pulmonary edema. Due to the harsh conditions on the mountain, and Fischer's debilitated condition, getting him down from the mountain or help to him was not possible. Anatoli Boukreev made several attempts to rescue his friend, but was unsuccessful. When he finally reached Fischer, on May 11, 1996, Fischer had passed away. Fischer was shrouded in his own gear by his climbing mate Anatoli Boukreev, wrapped and bundled off of the trail. This was done with his family's blessing. There was also a memorial for Fischer at Everest's base camp. Fischer was married to Jeannie Price and they had two children. Fischer was portrayed by Peter Horton in the movie adaptation of Jon Krakauer's account of the 1996 tragedy, "Into Thin Air." It is unknown if there is a memorial site for Fischer located in the United States.

Bio by: Susan Richardson


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Susan Richardson
  • Added: 15 Mar 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8513780
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Scott E. Fischer (24 Dec 1955–11 May 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8513780, citing Mount Everest, Mount Everest, Sagarmatha, Nepal ; Maintained by Find A Grave .