Yisroel Pensack: The New York Times Shows Uncanny Timing With Sunday Travel Story On Mountain Climbing In The Himalayas

"It was 4 a.m. in mid-November, and I was stretching in a lodge in Thorong Phedi, Nepal, at 14,500 feet, trying to pump warmth back into my body and get rid of a throbbing headache brought on by dehydration and altitude sickness. Wolfing down chapati bread with jam and a fried egg, I chased it with pints of hot tea and water, and started to feel better. I knew I was going to need all my strength.

"Fifteen of us, along with porters and guides, were about to climb Thorong La, a pass 17,769 feet up in the Himalayas."

So begins a "Personal Journeys" travel article in today’s New York Times titled "In Nepal, a Long, Cold Climb to Inspiration."

A news article in the Times this weekend, however, might give readers some serious reservations before rushing to book flights to Nepal or Tibet to go mountain climbing in the Himalayas. 

That article says, in part:

The husband of [Democratic U.S.] Representative Carolyn B. Maloney of New York died after scaling a mountain peak during an expedition in Tibet, Ms. Maloney’s office announced on Saturday.

Her husband, Clifton H. W. Maloney, 71, had returned safely to a high-altitude base camp after reaching the summit of the 27,000-foot Himalayan peak Cho Oyu…Mr. Maloney said he was “the happiest man in the world,” went to sleep and never woke up, the statement said.

The statement described Mr. Maloney as an avid climber, sailor and runner who had finished the New York City Marathon 20 times. He was a vice president at Goldman Sachs before starting his own investment firm, C. H. W. Maloney & Company, in 1981…

ifton Harlan Wells Maloney, 71, a millionaire investment banker, was an avid mountaineer who finished the New York City Marathon 20 times.

He reached the 27,000-foot summit of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest peak in the world, on Thursday, then came down to a base camp at 23,000 feet where he died in his sleep, Arzt said.

His last words before going to sleep were, "I’m the happiest man in the world. I’ve just summited a beautiful mountain."

Cho Oyu, which means "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan, is on the border of China and Tibet. Maloney was in China at the time of his death, Arzt said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2009/09/26/2009-09-26_new_york_rep_carolyn_maloneys_husband_dies_on_mountain_climbing_expedition_in_ti.html#ixzz0SJAJaJM1

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