Man Dies on Mount Everest Over Crypto Currency?

ASKfm, the site that lets friends ask anonymous questions, decided to launch their own cryptocurrency.


To celebrate the launch, they planned an elaborate promotional stunt involving four climbers and the highest mountain in the world. Theysent a team of three crypto enthusiasts on an expedition to climb Mount Everest.

At the top, they would bury a small USB drive containing $50,000 worth of ASKT, their new cryptocurrency they have planned an Initial Coin Offering for.


Why? They wanted to send their currency “to the moon.”


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“While others try sophisticated marketing techniques, these guys went out there and put themselves right on top of the highest mountain on the planet. An elegant way to boast ideological superiority to every other crypto. A way quite strangely unexplored before. Even memes-wise, think about the closest starting point to reach the moon. It seems so obvious, yet no one has done it.”

left behind by the group and is presumed to be dead.left behind by the group and is presumed to be dead.


One of the climbers was reported as stating:

“At the top of Everest the weather was very bad, and then we were coming down. We were going down to Camp 4, which is at about 7900m, and one Sherpa was dying. That’s all we know. He was behind us, so we don’t know what happened to him. We were going fast and the Sherpa wasn’t coming with us. He was coming behind so we didn’t see him.”

Upon reaching Camp 4, one of the crypto climbers had developed altitude sickness. They descended to Camp 2, where they called for a helicopter evacuation.


As for the $50,000 worth of cryptocurrency? There’s no word as to whether or not it’s been retrieved yet, but with climbing season in full swing and an average of 600 summits each season, it’s sure to turn up soon.

Hey, I'm Cole! When I'm not diving and running marathons (just finished Boston) I'm learning everything that I can about Blockchain. I've got a minor Kpop and Clash Royale addiction, and am never without a cup of coffee. Stanford proud!
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