as you ascend the mountain, you travel 10 times the distance of the actual climb, if you went straight up the mountain. the reason is simple. You can't go straight up. and you'll die from lack of oxygen.
looks to me that is market is trapped at the top with no 0-2 and dying from exhaustion and fatigue. the bodies of those on top stay there because it's to difficult to bring them down. so they lay there and get covered in ice.