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Company’s bizarre mountain publicity stunt goes horribly wrong, leaves native guide dead

A publicity stunt where four ‘crypto enthusiasts’ were to climb Mount Everest and bury a hard drive with $50,000 in cryptocurrency may have gone awry as a man has indirectly died.

Ukrainian social network ASKfm sponsored the four to climb Everest and bury the hard drive, in an effort to raise money through an initial coin offering – or an ICO. 

Lam Babu Sherpa, a guide native to the area, died while assisting the group according to a blog by Colorado climber Alan Arnette.

Ukrainian social network ASKfm sponsored the four to climb Everest and bury the hard drive, in an effort to raise money through an initial coin offering

He was said to have been stricken with snow blindness but that didn’t corroborate with the ‘missing’ narrative that the climbers supplied. 

‘I find it hard to understand how the 45-year-old Sherpa developed snow blindness, was reported to be staggering and no one was able to help him,’ Arnette said in his blog post under the ‘preventable deaths’ sections. 

On his Facebook, one of the climbers – Taras Podzdnii – failed to say what happened to Sherpa when detailing how he injured his hand, which was seen with a bandage.

Lam Babu Sherpa, a guide native to the area, died while assisting the group

Lam Babu Sherpa, a guide native to the area, died while assisting the group

Most of the climbers claim that he went missing but that doesn't add up with the narrative that he also had been stricken with snow blindness

Most of the climbers claim that he went missing but that doesn’t add up with the narrative that he also had been stricken with snow blindness

The Financial Times reached out to Podznii to try to figure out what happened to Sherpa, but he claimed to not have known. 

‘He [the Sherpa] was behind us, so we don’t know what happened to him. We were going fast and the Sherpa wasn’t coming with us. He was coming behind, so we didn’t see him,’ he shared. 

ASKfm also claims to not have known what happened to Sherpa. 

‘The last update … about the missing Sherpa was that other Sherpas went to look for him,’ said Max Tsaryk, ASKfm’s CEO.

‘We don’t know what happened next, as this was the last official update we received.’

On his Facebook, one of the climbers - Taras Podzdnii - failed to say what happened to Sherpa when detailing how he injured his hand, which was seen with a bandage

On his Facebook, one of the climbers – Taras Podzdnii – failed to say what happened to Sherpa when detailing how he injured his hand, which was seen with a bandage

ASKfm also claims to not have known what happened to Sherpa

ASKfm also claims to not have known what happened to Sherpa



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