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Google Executive Dan Fredinburg Killed on Everest after 7.8 Nepal Earthquake

Google Executive Dan Fredinburg Killed on Everest after 7.8 Nepal Earthquake

April 25, 2015

Updated April 26, 2015


Did Google Endanger Dan Fredinburg’s Live-Twice?

A team in Nepal during the 2014 Avalanche was it Googles Dan Fredinburg

A team descends through the “popcorn field” in the Khumbu Icefall 2014


Reports of last year’s historic tragedy on Everest where 13 sherpas died in an avalanche all appear to miss that Google Executive Dan Fredinburg (according to his father Paul) was there in 2014 on that trip in what can only be described as an eerie twist of fate causing the end of his own life one year later.

Fredinburg and others had attempted the project last year, but a major avalanche at that time killed several of their sherpa guides and the expedition was aborted.

“They returned this year to finish the project,” Paul Fredinburg (Dan’s Father) said.

He said the tour company and Google are working to recover his body. UT San Diego

Is that team above in the 2014 National Geographic image really Google Executive Dan Fredinburg and his team? The article mentions “eye witness accounts” but strangely provides no names of the witnesses to the sherpa’s deaths.  Are Google and National Geographic manipualting the facts regarding last year’s tragic avalanche to try and mitigate the suspected backlash that would negatively hurt the company’s image had they been linked to the sherpa’s deaths?

National Geograhpic is the climber in 2014 Everest avalanche really Google Executive Dan Fredinburg

A climber steps across a bridge of aluminum ladders lashed together above a crevasse in the Khumbu Icefall 2014


Instead National Geographic refers to a random climber who did the trip in 2012 for comments in the article and does not name the climber pictured above in 2014 pre avalanche.  The lack of climbers information during the 2014 avalanche is inconsistent & contradictory to the normal publicity associated with these types of trips. Why were their names not added to the story? It also raises an interesting question as Fredinburg was clearly there on Google related work business-are they responsible for his death?


Dan Fredinburg Instagram date says 2014

Dan Fredinburg’s Instagram photo states same location as National Geograhpic image: Khumbu Icefall 2014 even though the photo above appears to have been posted March 27, 2015.

PRSpin Google:

According to People Fredinburg he was climbing Mt. Everest to raise money for two Nepali orphanages.

PRSpinUnspun Google: Friends and family all clearly speak highly of Dan Fredinburg; however, there are easier ways to raise money for orphanages.  This isn’t a dig towards Fredinburg but rather Google who already covered up Fredinburg’s trip last year where 13 sherpa died and he was back there again this year on a the trip that claimed his life.  It’s tough to know if Fredinburg was really ready to go back so quickly after escaping death last year or if he was even in that position to make that decision (psychological factors possible PTSD) and The Sociopathic Business Model™ maintains that all accomplices (employees) eventually become victims; and, while Fredinburg’s friends refer to him as an “adventure activist” was Google’s Street Views ultimately more important than employee safety.  

Google, which seems determined to map every square inch of the planet, on Monday released Street View images from four of the seven tallest mountains on earth. One lucky engineer, who happens to be a passionate mountaineer, led the Google Mountain Enthusiast team during a project that was strictly a labor of love for all involved.

“There’s a social benefit to using these tools to tell the story in these environments. A chance to really connect to whats on the ground with a rich imagery so they can see what it looks like and feels like to be there,” says Dan Fredinburg, who is a technical program manager for security and privacy when he isn’t scaling summits.

Fredinburg’s teams — which included four to seven people, depending upon the trip — used a lightweight tripod and digital camera with a fisheye lens to visually map Aconcagua in Argentina (22,841 feet), Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (19,341 Feet), Mount Elbrus in Russia (18,510 feet) and Everest South Base Camp in Nepal (17,598 feet). It’s the same setup the Street View team uses for the Business Photos program. They opted to use that rig instead of the 40-pound, 75-megapixel Google Trekker backpack.

“When you’re going expeditions in the alpine style environment, every gram, every ounce, every pound counts,” Fredinburg says.

Fredinburg says Google has been very receptive and supportive of his blending together work and play. Beyond slaking his thirst for adventure, the excursions — made over the course of 18 months — helped make Street View more accurate, vivid and useful for his fellow adventurers, as well as those happy to explore Earth from the comfort of home. Wired

And from New York Post:

Fredinburg was also on Everest in April 2014, when an avalanche killed 16 Sherpa guides. After that disaster, Sherpas refused to aid any further expeditions on the mountain, forcing the cancellation of the year’s climbs.

In an Instagram post, Fredinburg blamed the cancellation on “militant” Sherpas and used the hashtag #poorformguys.

Dan Fredinburg Business Insider The profile picture for Dan Fredinburg’s Twitter page.

Google executive Dan Fredinburg was among 18 people killed on Mount Everest after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake ravaged Nepal on Saturday. A woman who identified herself as Fredinburg’s younger sister, Megan, said on his Instagram page that he had a major head injury after the avalanche triggered by the quake. He didn’t survive. The catastrophic earthquake Saturday killed more than 1,300 people and leveled ancient buildings in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu. The quake was so strong that it also killed people in nearby India, Bangladesh, and Tibet.


sophia-bush-rumored to still be with Google Executive Dan Fredinburg


Fredinburg was also former (some reports say still current) long time boyfriend of actress Sophia Bush.




#Reach friends & family in Nepal


From Sophia Bush’s Instagram:

There are no adequate words. Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I’ll likely never find them all. Today I, and so many of my loved ones, lost an incredible friend. Dan Fredinburg was one-of-a-kind. Fearless. Funny. A dancing robot who liked to ride dinosaurs and chase the sun and envision a better future for the world. His brain knew how to build it. His heart was constantly evolving to push himself to make it so. He was one of my favorite human beings on Earth. He was one of the great loves of my life. He was one of my truest friends. He was an incredible brother, a brilliant engineer, and a damn good man. I’m devastated and simultaneously so deeply grateful to have known and loved him, and to have counted him as one of my tribe. I was so looking forward to our planned download of “all the things” when he got home. I am crushed that I will never hear that story. I am crushed knowing that there are over 1,000 people in Nepal suffering this exact feeling, knowing that they too will never hear another tale about an adventure lived from someone that they love. Disasters like this are often unquantifiable, the enormity is too much to understand. Please remember that each person who is now gone was someone’s Dan. Please remember that our time on this Earth is not guaranteed. Please tell those you love that you do. Right now. This very minute. And please send a kiss to the sky for my friend Dan. His energy is so big and so bright, and it’s all around us, so put some love toward him today. And then hug your loved ones again.#goodbyesweetfriend #savetheice #Nepal



1 Comment
  • Every single moment of every single day is precious.

    April 26, 2015 at 11:06 am

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