Sunday, May 22, 2016

Maria Strydom and Robert Gropel's tragic adventure on Mount Everest |

Adventure turned to tragedy for a young Australian couple on Saturday, after coming within touching distance of their life goal, the summit of Mount Everest. 

Melbourne university lecturer Maria Strydom, 34, and her husband, Melbourne vet Robert Gropel, began their ascent to the top of the world's highest mountain more than a month ago. 

On Saturday, Maria Strydom's body was being transported down thousands of metres of brutal terrain after severe altitude sickness caused fluid to swell in her brain, while her husband continues to battle against congestive heart failure. 


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Having life goals is well and good, but there's something to be said for setting a stop-loss point at which you'll turn back if things don't go as planned. You might even put off the adventure entirely if you decide the risk is excessive.

Posted by: Jonathan | May 23, 2016 9:59:50 AM