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goodbasil
10-01-2015, 12:54 PM
Saw the 3D movie lastnight.
Went straight home and deleted "Climb Mt. Everest" from my bucket list.
Has to be a trek for madmen.
That mountain is totally unforgiving.

Paul Pless
10-01-2015, 01:00 PM
Is this the movie based Krakauer's Into Thin Air. The book was excellent.

L.W. Baxter
10-01-2015, 01:01 PM
Unforgiving. I think you could say that about any mountain worthy of the name.

This month's National Geographic has a harrowing account of an attempt on the allegedly tallest peak in SE Asia.

Tom Wilkinson
10-01-2015, 01:07 PM
Krakauer has said he wished he never went.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jon-krakauer-climbing-mt-everest-was-the-biggest-mistake-of-my-life_55ce124ce4b055a6dab0273c

BETTY-B
10-01-2015, 02:32 PM
Is this the movie based Krakauer's Into Thin Air. The book was excellent.

Yes. I really didnt think I could get into it. But wow! Great book.

It really is an awesome mountain to behold. Just before getting to Namche, you climb this brutal, several hour long series of switchbacks and an unbelievably steep, rocky, unforgiving pass. The pain immediately recedes as you get your first full on view of Sagarmatha with it's telltale sign of clouds off it's peak.

Will be seeing the movie for sure.

Chris Coose
10-01-2015, 02:44 PM
Mountaineering stories have been my favorite genre since I was a kid. I keep returning to the first one I read, as my favorite. Annapurna.

Everest, by the South Col is a highway these days.

The pioneers up to Messner had to carry an extra pack............

Rum_Pirate
10-01-2015, 03:51 PM
Have a look here of the names and numbers (increases more recently) of those that died climbing Mr Everest.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_who_died_climbing_Mount_Everest

Apparently there are a number of bodies still on the mountain http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/dead-everest1.htm

Of the* 189 people who have died in their attempts, an estimated 120 of them remain there [source: philippine-everest.com (http://www.philippine-everest.com/trivia)]


‘We cannot let everyone go on Everest and die’: Nepal could crack down on so-called ‘tourist climbers’

http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/80cc71734f24fd0006ee15b9242e171e?s=34&d=mm (http://news.nationalpost.com/author/natpostblogstelegraphblog)Neil Connor, The Telegraph (http://news.nationalpost.com/author/the-telegraph) | September 29, 2015 12:58 PM ET
More from The Telegraph (http://news.nationalpost.com/author/natpostblogstelegraphblog)

http://wpmedia.news.nationalpost.com/2015/09/541709972.jpg?w=620Roberto Schmidt / AFP / Getty ImagesEvery year about 600 climbers go to Nepal with the intention of taking on Everest, and in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of novices, relying heavily on guides to reach the summit.

Novice climbers could be banned from attempting to climb Mount Everest, under Nepalese plans to confront safety and overcrowding concerns.
The proposals, which would also involve banning disabled and elderly climbers from the mountain, come after 18 people were killed last April at Everest’s base camp in an avalanche that was triggered by the Nepal earthquake.
The regulations could have a negative effect on a major source of revenue for the impoverished country, which generates millions of dollars through selling climbing permits.
Every year about 600 climbers go to Nepal with the intention of taking on Everest, and in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of novices, relying heavily on guides to scale the 8,848-metre summit. So-called “tourist climbers” cause concern among experienced mountaineers.The new rules would prohibit those who had not scaled a mountain of at least 6,400 metres, according to Govinda Karki, the head of Nepal’s tourism department.
“Such a rule is going to be introduced to maintain the glory of Everest,” said Mohan Krishna Sapkota, acting secretary of the ministry of tourism. He said now that “everyone is going to Everest,” the levels of risk had become much higher.
“The Everest summit should be dignified and an issue of glory, so for that the ministry is working on introducing some limits,” Sapkota said.
If they are not physically and mentally fit it will be like a legal suicide

Kripasur Sherpa, the country’s tourism minister, said he hoped to implement the rules before spring: “We cannot let everyone go on Everest and die. If they are not physically and mentally fit it will be like a legal suicide.”
Officials were also said to be seeking to limit the highest peaks of the Himalayas to climbers aged between 18 and 75. People under 16 are not allowed to climb Everest, but there is no upper age limit.
Last week the Japanese climber Junko Tabei, who in 1975 became the first woman to climb Everest, said overcrowding was causing environmental issues. “The more the number of climbers, the more human waste and garbage that are left on the mountain. This causes problems,” she said.
Many tourists who visited Everest this year did not attempt to scale the mountain because of the avalanche.
Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to Everest, to the frustration of tour operators. Since the earthquake, which killed nearly 8,900 people, no one has yet climbed the mountain.
Nobukazu Kuriki, a Japanese mountaineer who lost eight fingers and a thumb to frostbite on Everest in 2012, had to give up on his latest attempt on Sunday, saying he “wouldn’t be able to come back alive”.

Boater14
10-01-2015, 04:26 PM
the pathologist from Texas said the hardest thing about climbing Everest was getting off work. couple the hubris with the insult to the mother goddess and you could pay a price. he lost most of both hands and his nose. the Russian who died on a later expedition was the closest thing to a hero. Ed Hillary would have carried the Japanese lady back under his arm. the whole thing was a mess. those legendary leaders were great on a calm sunny day, but then aren't we all?

purri
10-01-2015, 05:28 PM
I knew Hillary and the fella who first climbed it without oxy bottles . (Tim McCartney-Snape) I do believe that both (one living) hold the entire industry in some contempt. (abandoned rubbish and those ill prepared thrill seekers demanding to be mollycoddled and whining all the way up and down)

Vince Brennan
10-01-2015, 07:04 PM
Nepal considers restrictions on climbers... (http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/29/travel/nepal-everest-limits-feat/) and not a damn minute too soon. This has always ranked (IMHO) along with kill-licenses in the name of "supporting national parks" by national governments. Nepal has made a TON of money issuing climb chops to idiots.