Scott Fischer (Dec 24, 1955 – May 11, 1996) was an accomplished mountain climber and the owner of Seattle, Washington company "Mountain Madness" that guided groups of climbers up mountains. Among his accomplishments was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and being the first American to climb Lhotse in Nepal, the world's fourth highest mountain.
On Friday, May 10, 1996, Fischer was leading a group of climbers up Mount Everest when an intense snow storm trapped several of them very high on the mountain. Snow flurries were so intense that it became impossible to see and the cimbers were not able to descend, and Fischer perished on the mountain.
The snowstorm was one of the worst events ever to occur on Mt. Everest. Several books have been written about the storm and the ill-fated climb, including "The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest" authored by a guide who lived through it, Anatoli Boukreev, and "Into thin Air" by Jon Krakauer.
This was Fischer's fifth expedition to Mount Everest. He was married and had two children.
- Book: "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer
- http://www.mountainmadness.com/about/history.cfm - Official Website of "Mountain Madness" Scott Fischer's climbing company