Alyssa Azar, pictured left in the thumbnail, had just passed this brave Australian woman on the quest of Everest after which she died. Alyssa Azar conquered the mountain but this Australian woman pictured right died on the quest.
An Australian woman died after a failed attempt to climb Everest because she wanted to prove that vegans aren’t weak and can do anything in their life. Dr Maria Strydom was 34-year-old and she was from Melbourne, Australia.
She died of apparent altitude sickness while she was getting back from the summit of Mount Everest. The husband of the woman named Robert Gropel also suffered while getting off the mountain but fortunately he made his way home back safely. He suffered from high altitude pulmonary oedema.
It’s worth mentioning that the couple was an experienced climber and had made the strong decision of climbing seven summits. It was a campaign to prove that the vegans can literally do anything in their life. The couple had decided to climb Mount Everest because of media questions like, “Do you have enough iron and protein?”
Prior to her death in an interview, she said “It seems that people have this warped idea of being malnourished and weak, by climbing the seven summits we want to prove that vegans can do anything and more.”
A Dutchman also died moments before the death of Dr Strydom. Eric Arnold, 35-year-old, had bottled oxygen with him for life support. Though in the last days of the climb he complained of getting weaker and sick, some days later he died.
Mr Gropel is quite stressed over the death of Maria, he isn’t ready to make a media appearance. He was quite determined to not leave Nepal without his wife.