View Full Version : If this is Mount Everest, it must be Thursday.

25th May 2008, 16:16
Time was that to ascend K1 gained kudos. Now it seems that mostly anyone with a credit card can climb Everest (not that I could or want to) on the backs of the remarkable sherpas and the latest technology. And records, indignantly, tumble. The most climbs...the mother and daughter...the amputee...the oldest...the litter...the blind...the O2 cylinders...the helicopter...the pass the corpse on the right...
What is the point anymore?

25th May 2008, 16:29
Agreed. It's a bit like America losing the America's Cup: the only interest was in how long the NYYC could change the rules to ensure they never lost it. Once they'd been beaten, it reverted to a boring rich man's sport, and who cares?

Soon there will be a reality programme called Everest; Funniest home videos.

26th May 2008, 00:17
Over the years, some veteran climbers have criticized the “commercialism” and “circus atmosphere” surrounding Everest climbing. Sir Edmund added his voice to the lament in 2003 as crowds gathered for the 50th anniversary celebrations in Katmandu, Nepal.

“I’m not very happy about the future of Everest,” he said in an interview. “Yesterday there were 1,000 people there and some 500 tents. There was a booze place for drinks. Sitting around in a big base camp and knocking back cans of beer — I do not particularly view that as mountaineering.”