Climber lost on Everest

Climber lost on Everest

Posted: May 20, 2012 05:09 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) Unfortunately, MountEverest has claimed another mountaineer this year. Here is the press release.

"Asian Trekking is extremely sad to announce the death of Dr. Eberhard Schaaf of Germany at the south summit of Mt. Everest on 19th May."

"After assessing the symptoms, the medical staff at the Himalayan Rescue Association believe the cause of death to be High Altitude Cerebral Edema. Our thoughts go out to the family of the deceased at this moment and we offer any assistance at this difficult time."

Ang Tshering Sherpa,
Asian Trekking(P)Ltd

Dr. Schaaf was part of the 1st summit group from Asian Trekking's Eco Everest Expedition that left Camp 4 for a summit push on Saturday May 19th. He summited at 11.05 AM on the 19th. Eberhard (61) was climbing with Paul Thelen (68) and updated their progress at .

From Schaaf's Facebook:

Sports physician, mountaineer with a passion.
Born 06/20/1950 in chub, of Saxony.
Dr. Eberhard Schaaf began his medical studies in Leipzig and made a specialty training for sports medicine at the German College for Physical Culture and Sports. In 1974 he moved to Hoyerswerda, was a specialist in general medicine, including senior physician and a doctorate in sports medicine and chiropractic.

Unhappy with the political situation, he fled in 1989 with his wife and children illegally via Hungary from the former East Germany and had to start over again as a junior doctor in Aachen. Since 1990 he runs his own practice. Even today, in full career, he indulges in his sport every year holidays. In his youth, a trained athlete, he began in 2002 with running a marathon and ran even later stage races and ultra-about 200 km, which took him around the world. Sun denied Schaaf marathon and stage races in France, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Western Sahara. In addition, his passion was for mountaineering.

As a climber in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, he always dreamed of greater things. Nearly 20 years after escaping from East Germany was followed by 5000-meter mountains in Nepal and Ecuador. According to a 7000-meter climb to Mustagh Ata in China, he was ready, as expedition doctor to accompany a tour to the 8000-meter Cho Oyu.

This was followed by tours as medical director for Mount Kilimanjaro over 60 years. In almost all of his trips to the doctor supports social projects such as for children with cancer or research projects such as the NCL-Foundation. As an athlete, he has found his friends around the world.


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