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Going Up? This “Hey, let’s climb Mount Everest” Thing Is Getting Out of Hand

Check out this shocking photo of a ‘traffic jam’ on the summit of  Everest where approximately 320 people were making their way to/from the summit on May 22nd, 2019.

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  • JiminAlaska May 28, 2019, 10:55 AM

    A ‘young’ (57 or so years old) friend of mine and his son are off climbing Mount McKinley (AKA: Mount Denali), the tallest peak in North America, right now.

    The traffic isn’t nearly as bad as Everest and, in my opinion, the view from the top is much more spectacular.

  • Richard May 28, 2019, 11:17 AM

    Picture epitomizes the Me Generation. Leave it to people to destroy the intrinsic uniqueness and beauty of a natural setting. I normally couldn’t care less about what others are doing. In this case, though, I think of all the detritus left behind by the various climbing teams. I believe there are still places left on this planet that have not known a human footstep. That’s quite an appealing thought to me. Places that are profoundly quiet and unspoiled.

  • Juliette May 28, 2019, 11:48 AM

    It is clearly *long* past time to start working on the elasticity of price/demand for making this climb. Photos like this show how ridiculous it has become.

  • Casey Klahn May 28, 2019, 12:25 PM

    I spoke with Scott Fischer, talked with and sold gear to many on his team, before the fateful Everest disaster in 1996. Saw Krakauer, too – what an asshole. Otherwise a solid team of good people. I’ve visited with Big Jim Whittaker, his cohorts, and pretty much anybody who was anybody in the climbing world of the last half of the 20th Century.

    Should Everest be guided? I don’t know, really. If it weren’t guided, the teams would climb anyway, both the prepared and the less-than-prepared. The stoniest guys will move on to other climbs – harder and/or more remote climbs.

    I talked with Simonson after his team discovered Mallory’s body on the Northeast Ridge, in 1999. I asked him if that was gross, or shocking, to see the possible first-ascentionist of Everest. he said, no! It was really cool!

    Climbing is really cool. All in my distant memory, now. This year I discovered that many of the climbs I’ve done here in Washington are now in Go Pro videos. I also found the long-abandoned YouTube channel of a dead climbing friend.

  • jwm May 28, 2019, 1:48 PM

    Big wave surfing is the same. Watch the footage from the famous spots like Nazare in Portugal, or Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, and you’ll see elbow-to-elbow crowds on waves that were considered impossibly huge a few years ago.

    JWM

  • Lance de Boyle May 28, 2019, 2:32 PM

    I consider it quite an achievement to climb my wife. “Two Humps Pass” and the north face of Gourd Head are most dangerous. Don’t ask about The Crevasse of the Abrupt Wind. Planting a flag makes it worthwhile. Not to me, of course, but maybe to someone.

  • patann May 28, 2019, 4:42 PM

    Give the mountain back to the proverbial “Darwin”.
    No more guides, no more O2 bottles, and bring back out what ya bought it.
    That includes body removal if you lose to “Darwin”.

    Sign here for the deposit and the release, and have nice climb.

    Now the mountain is climbed by 3 men a year, one women every 5th year.

  • Patvann May 28, 2019, 4:50 PM

    Damn these renew account logins on sites I’ve loved for over 13 years….Stoopid new computerz.
    Hi Gerard! Just me! It’s THIS addy not that other one.
    mumblemumblemumble. (breathe, Patrick…)

  • ghostsniper May 28, 2019, 6:18 PM

    HA HA HA HA
    Mt Wife

  • Walter Sobchak May 28, 2019, 7:12 PM

    Turns out that the top of Everst is just like security at LaGuardia. Well I’ve been there and done that, so I can cross Everest off my bucket list.

  • PA Cat May 28, 2019, 10:01 PM

    Turns out that the top of Everest is just like security at LaGuardia.

    Or your average DMV in any blue state.

  • Auntie Analogue May 28, 2019, 10:59 PM

    Now that they’ve climbed every mountain, will they next ford every stream?

  • Snakepit Kansas May 29, 2019, 4:21 AM

    Lance for the win!

  • ghostsniper May 30, 2019, 4:28 AM

    Where da escalator is, and how am I sposed to heat up my pepperoni hot pocket?

  • CC May 30, 2019, 6:29 AM

    Evidently someone spread a vicious rumor that McCain was buried up there…

  • captflee May 30, 2019, 6:32 AM

    Lance, you very droll fellow:

    In this seemingly endless heatwave, such exertions might well put you in the Death Zone.

  • Larry Geiger May 31, 2019, 5:51 AM

    I’ve been to the top of Big Bald, Unaka Mountain and Roan Mountain. I started at Hot Springs and walked to Wautauga Lake. I was once on Trail Ridge Rd at 12,000ft elevation and I got sick. Headaches, up chuking, yukking. I don’t ever again need to go above 6,000ft. I have always lived at sea level in Florida where there is real air.

  • DrTedNelson May 31, 2019, 9:08 AM

    The parking lot at the bottom must be full of Teslas…

  • Walter Sobchak June 1, 2019, 8:57 AM

    DrTedNelson May 31, 2019, 9:08 AM
    +1