“I didn’t see how we were going to get out of it alive,” Fox told Jon Krakauer as written in his book. “The cold was so painful, I didn’t think I could endure it anymore. I just curled up in a ball and hoped death would come quickly.”
Instead, she would survive through the night and live 22 more years to scale myriad mountains around the world. She was from Greensboro, North Carolina. And not only had she scaled Mount Everest but had completed the climb for all seven summits. She was also an accomplished skier and former member of the ski patrol team at Snowmass, Colorado.
At the age of 61, she recently fell in her home and died from the fall. (Obituary from Pilot-Online) Alison Osius, executive editor of Rock and Ice magazine and a friend of Fox’s wrote, “Charlotte had survived so much up high, it was stunning and profoundly sad that she died that evening of May 24 in a household accident.”
I think everyone has the same reaction when they hear about this.