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Everest is a serious business for sure.
Wikipedia implies you can pay up to $25,000 just for the permit to let you climb. It just sounds like you can't even get much enjoyment from the process.
hell, i could do that in my warm home, with a beer.
ok, call me a bit of a fuddy-duddy, but if you're climbing a himalaya for the view from the top, wouldn't you want to climb one near the "edge"? so you can have all those himalayas on one side, and then you could have comparative flatlands on the other? would it even work like that?
less people have probably done that..
You'd think a Sherpa was some super mule that can jump up summits with it's hind legs.."you need a good quality sherpa'. It's like the premium trekk companies farm them or something and let the graze on the steppes
now he's a mountain rescue guy.
and I climbed it a few times every summer, no biggie. Jeez, these guys must be weak.
i mean it's the world's highest mountain and it's incredibly beautiful (apart from all the dead bodies and rusty oxegen tanks of course), but it seems to me that it's mainly climbed these days by rich folks who only want to get to the top to boost their egos, couldn't give a monkey's about the mountain itself or anybody else on it and in reality are dragged up on fixed ropes by the sherpas who basically climb the mountain for them. it's a shame.
The fatality rate is 40%