Reflecting on the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, 20 years later

The month of May marks the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, where 8 climbers died in a blizzard.

Managing Director of Open View HD, Patrick Conroy, was a 702 reporter at the time sent to Nepal to report on South Africa's first Everest expedition.

702's John Robbie revisited the expedition and reflected on the challenging conditions the team faced.

Listen to the conversation below:

I almost decided on a whim to relive the Everest diaries as it happened 20 years ago.

Patrick Conroy, Managing Director of Open View HD

We lived in a special time in South Africa, we were unbeatable... We were still in the afterglow of the 1994 elections and Everest was unbeatable at the time.

Patrick Conroy, Managing Director of Open View HD

Conroy was 23 years old at the time when he took on the assignment.

Over time, I've realised that having worked in a 24-hour newsroom is that there's no definitive report. Hindsight is a good thing.

Patrick Conroy, Managing Director of Open View HD
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