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Flashback: Tragedy Strikes Mount Everest

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On May 10, 1996, an unexpected and violent storm hit Mount Everest. It trapped three climbing teams near the top of the peak, and resulted in the deaths of five climbers on the south side of the mountain. It's known as the mountain's worst tragedy to date, and many attempts have been made to retell the story. Mountaineer and filmmaker David Breashears was at base camp that day. In a new documentary called Storm Over Everest, he pays tribute to those who died, and interviews some of the climbers who survived, who, with frostbitten hands and noses, try to make sense of that fateful day.

If you've traveled to, or climbed, Mount Everest, tell us your story. And if you have a question about the 1996 tragedy, leave it here.