On the first day of boot camp, when you all lined up, and the drill sergeant did The Talk (whispers: just like the movies), you silently held up a funny image printed to poster board. Everyone laughed, except the drill instructor. Year’s later, he would think back and realize, it was funny but still didn’t feel bad about the whole sending you to the Arctic Circle thing.
I heard some NPR story on this the other day. They were attempting to imply that some of the freezing death’s were the fault of the Nepalese, stating that they’re selling too many passes every year and not enforcing any sort of minimums on climbing ability or physicality.
I call BS on that - the shifting blame part, that is. If you pay your way up there, and yet you lack any common sense as to the type of danger you’re putting yourself in front of, then you get what you got coming.
So - a couple weeks ago I was on linkedin and saw a company posting about one of their executives had just died climbing Mt. Everest. And most of the post was a retrospective and a video of him doing a goofy dance at a sales meeting or something. I wanted to look at the comments to see if anybody would be snarky about rich people climbing Mt. Everest. And nothing like that. Just hundreds of comments with sorry, condolences, he was a good guy etc……EXCEPT for one spectacular lady who’s one word comment was “Awesome!!“. I laughed for real and out loud for like 3 min wondering if she just watched the video and had no idea he is dead. Or she just really fucking hated that guy.
I was so close to ‘liking’ her comment but my wife thought it was a bad idea since I’m actually using LinkedIn these days and this is not my annon twitter account
As a side-note my BiL is a pretty serious climber and he is super snobby about Mt. Everest being silly to climb since it’s not very technical, yet also super dangerous.
Also shout-out to all the locals and guides, for whom climbing this mountain is literally just another Tuesday.
I don’t see the point in climbing Everest except for ego massage. These kinds of extreme outdoor feats are OK if they have some value in terms of survival skills, so I question having pros guide you up and down a peak, with tents and meals waiting. You can learn the same skills on any high peak, and if you were lost in the Himalayas you wouldn’t be trying to climb a peak, rather cross a ridge at it’s lowest to get to the valley on the other side.
The popularity of this climb is in part because there is are companies who specialize in the peak. Take away that framework and only the serious mountaineers will do the legwork to get there and back.