Asia Answers the Call of the Wild

There is an ice chute on Mount McKinley in Alaska called the Orient Express. The tag refers to the disproportionate number of Asian climbers among the 20 who have died since the early 1970s on the most rapid and dangerous descent from North America's highest peak — 1,800 m of sheer rock gully, starting 6,000 m up. Rangers and guides working the 6,164-m summit say, despite some world-class climbing teams, Asians — Japanese, Taiwanese, South Koreans, Chinese, Indians — have a reputation for recklessness. "The classic example is a group flying in from Asia, going down to K Mart to get...

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