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Discussion in 'off topic' started by robs, May 24, 2019.

  1. robs

    robs pfm Member

  2. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Is that image photoshopped?!
    Rockmeister likes this.
  3. farfromthesun

    farfromthesun pfm Member

    I bet it's not.
  4. zippy

    zippy pfm Member

    Crazy situation though - who'd want to climb like that, virtually a non-stop queue all the way to the summit, and junk all over the place.
    I'd like to see the whole mountain closed for a couple of years and cleaned up.. Not that I'm ever likely to go there.
  5. robs

    robs pfm Member

  6. venton

    venton pfm Member

    Traffic jams on Everest? I'm speechless.
  7. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Following the money...
  8. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr pfm Member

    Sir Edmund Hillofdosh and Sherpa Kerching...
    ff1d1l and Weekender like this.
  9. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    I think that's the Hilary Step and if so it's a place where fixed ropes are needed, so people go up it single file and (especially due to the altitude) slowly. I've a read a few books about Everest and it's quite common to have delays there, with a knock-on impact on people summiting late and then getting into trouble on the way down. Some (sensible) groups have arrived, seen the queues, and turned straight back - but others (under pressure to get their charges to the summit) press on, which doesn't always end well.
  10. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    I think you're right, that does look like the Hillary Step, and there are often queues.

    You have to understand that mountain tourism is the only real source of income for Nepal, they have very little else and it's a poor country. There will always be a draw to the biggest, and the fact that Everest is technically easy makes it very attractive to people who are not necessarily very experienced mountaineers but who want to "climb the highest mountain". K2 carries far more mountaineering kudos, and it is far harder and more remote, making it a much more serious proposition only suitable for the most highly skilled climbers. As a result it sees much less traffic.
  11. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    I think most of us do understand that.
  12. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    Those bucket lists can be an issue for some, for me I do not get them

  13. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Nor do I, and I'm a mountaineer. There are any number of routes up any number of mountains that I'd like to climb before Everest. Then again I'm more interested in the route than the peak bagging.
    Mike P and Linds like this.
  14. Ginger

    Ginger pfm Member

    I bagged Snowdon a fortnight ago and Pen Y Fan a few weeks before that. Does that make me a mountaineer? I know it doesn't...
  15. robs

    robs pfm Member

  16. Copperjacket

    Copperjacket pfm Member

    I think I would rather be on the London Underground in rush hour!
  17. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    I said the same but apprently not...I guess the 300 odd spring climbing permits were all in base camp waiting for a weather window and this was IT for the Spring...go or go home so...
  18. Ellenor

    Ellenor pfm Member

    People everywhere in this world. Even the top of it. Makes me sad.
  19. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    It is true. We were walking along a beach near Aldeburgh this afternoon and I was pondering how deserted it was to the Mrs, who pointed out, that it wasn't deserted as we were there.
    foxwelljsly likes this.
  20. richgilb

    richgilb Admonishtrator

    I can't see much on my phone and it seems quite blurry. What is so good about this photo?

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