Don Cash Biography
Don Cash, 55, was a Utah resident and passionate climber who had left his job to join the “Seven Summits Club.”
— Everest Today (@EverestToday) May 22, 2019
Don CashChildren’s Statement
Cash’s children said their father knew he was on a risky mission. On a previous climb, he lost fingers to frostbite. Still, he was determined to reach all seven summits.
“He taught us that nothing was impossible,” Brandalin Cash, his daughter, told NBC affiliate KSL-TV, adding that Everest was a “big finishing aspect of his dreams.”
Don Cash Hillary
Cash made it to the top of Everest, completing his life’s dream, but collapsed on the descent on a portion of the trail called the Hillary Step.
Don Cash Cause of Death
Don Cash, the climber who died after reaching the peak of Mt. Everest on Wednesday, graduated from West Geauga High School in 1983. He died on Everest after achieving his dream of climbing the highest peaks on every continent. https://t.co/kaoPHQK0ZT
— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) May 24, 2019
The exact cause of Cash’s death is unclear, but his family thinks he had a heart attack while descending from the peak of the world’s tallest mountain. His family said Sherpas, mountain guides on Everest, tried to perform CPR and give him oxygen, but he died as he was transported back to camp.
He Lost Some Fingers, Toes and Almost Lost His Nose on a Previous Climb
While climbing Denali in Alaska back in May 2018, Don suffered frostbite on his fingers and nose. He ended up losing the tips on three of his fingers, two toes, and needed surgery on the tip of his nose to replace the skin and cartilage.
Don Cash was undeterred from the incident and made a necklace out of his lost fingers.
According to Don, he put his lost fingers in formaldehyde and put them in a dehydrator then preserved them with shellac. Despite his injuries, he went on to climb Mt. Vinson-Massif in Antarctica and Mt. Everest.
American Don Cash, 55, died achieving his goal of climbing the Seven Summits.
“The last message he sent, he said ‘I feel so blessed to be on the mountain that I read about for the last 40 years,'”- his son Tanner.
But was it really worth it in those last seconds? https://t.co/R9hStMMV65
— D Norman (@Tastazou) May 24, 2019
He Joined The “Seven Summits Club” Before Passing Away
Mount Everest was the last summit Don had to climb to reach his goal of the “Seven Summits Club”. Don actually reached the summit before collapsing and passing away. He achieved his goal and is now a member of the club.
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Today was a supposed “rest day” to acclimate at 14,000 ft. We ended up climbing 2,000 vertical feet up a side mountain to 16k and back in 3 hours. Jared and I had a brisk cold shower but it felt great to get some trail dirt and sweat off regardless. Heading to Lobuche tomorrow. Great weather. Meeting awesome people and getting quality brother time.
Don Cash Is Survived by His 4 Kids and 3 Grandchildren
Don was happily married to his wife Monette and he is survived by his 4 children (who were all married) and his 3 grandchildren. His family all lived in Utah.
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