In news that shouldn’t surprise anybody, a couple of climbers and vegan advocates trying to prove it’s possible to summit Everest on a strict vegan diet have died.
Maria Strydom, 34, had reached the final camp from the summit before she and her husband, Robert Gropel, both began suffering from high-altitude pulmonary edema, which caused fluid to build up in Strydom’s brain, the Washington Post reports.
Strydom had sought out to prove that she could scale the mountain while on a vegan diet.
I guess not.
Vegans, your diet is perfectly fine to support physical tasks such as complaining about things and being condescending to everybody else at restaurants. But to do something like climbing the tallest mountain in the world, you need to have some real, red-blooded animal protein. It’s just chemistry. Take a look at the top of Everest: There’s only snow up there. No plants. They’re not designed to go that high. So why’d you think plant fuel would get you up to the roof of the world and back?
Still, on some level, every death is a tragedy, so to lighten the mood, I’ll leave you with this: (hopefully it will be enough to get your girlfriend out of that phase she’s in)
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