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Fri Dec 6, 2019, 12:09 PM

"Chaos at the Top of the World: It was one of the most arresting viral photos of the year: a horde

of climbers clogged atop Mount Everest. But it only begins to capture the deadly realities of what transpired that day at 29,000 feet. These are the untold accounts of the people who were there."

https://www.gq.com/story/mount-everest-chaos-at-the-top-of-the-world?utm_source=pocket-newtab

It was morning and bright, and Reinhard Grubhofer, depleted and dehydrated, hoisted his body over a crest and rose uneasily. There, from the summit of Mount Everest, he could see everything. How the earth curved gorgeously in all direction; how wisps of clouds sailed beneath his boots. The view—out beyond his worries—was beautiful. But closer at hand, he could see trouble taking shape.

He could feel it, too, shuffling with a dozen other climbers onto a slim patch of ground roughly the size of two Ping-Pong tables. The space was crowded. Shakily, Grubhofer held up a small flag and posed for photos with his climbing partner, a fellow Austrian named Ernst Landgraf, who'd made the slog to the summit uneasily. It had been a brutal day. Their 13-man party had awoken at eleven the previous night and trudged through the darkness up the icy incline of Everest's north side. Along the way, the temperatures dipped to well below zero. At some point, the water bottle that Grubhofer packed had frozen into a solid brick. He was thirsty and exhausted. But he tried not to pay attention to any of that now. After weeks of waiting and years of planning, Grubhofer had made it. It was 9:30 a.m. on May 23, and a less experienced climber might have thought that the hard part was over. Grubhofer knew better.

As he jockeyed for a place to stand at the top of the world, his Sherpa's radio came alive. Kari Kobler, the founder of the Swiss mountaineering agency that had organized Grubhofer's expedition, was radioing urgently from base camp. Bad weather was moving in fast. They had to descend, quickly.

Grubhofer looked down toward Nepal and could see gray clouds sweeping across the southern face of the mountain. There was something else down there too: a line of a hundred or so climbers in brightly colored suits snaking up the side of the mountain. The crowd seemed incredible—like a bag of Skittles had been scattered down the slope. On the north side, Grubhofer knew, more climbers were tracing his trail up the mountain from Tibet too.


https://www.gq.com/story/mount-everest-chaos-at-the-top-of-the-world?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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Reply "Chaos at the Top of the World: It was one of the most arresting viral photos of the year: a horde (Original post)
SaintLouisBlues Dec 6 OP
hlthe2b Dec 6 #1
dewsgirl Dec 6 #2
Aristus Dec 6 #3
Cartoonist Dec 6 #4
marble falls Dec 6 #6
marble falls Dec 6 #5
murielm99 Dec 6 #7
Hela Dec 6 #8
Crabby Appleton Dec 6 #10
LuvLoogie Dec 6 #9
dalton99a Dec 6 #11

Response to SaintLouisBlues (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 12:15 PM

1. This photo remains as disturbing today as when it first was published...

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 12:23 PM

2. It makes me think of what we don't see.

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Response to SaintLouisBlues (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 12:29 PM

3. I can't believe an undertaking as significant as climbing Mt. Everest

doesn't come with the simple, time-honored maxim "If you pack it in with you, pack it back out with you."

Thrill tourists need to stop leaving their crap all over the once-beautiful landscape.

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Response to SaintLouisBlues (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 12:31 PM

4. Climbing Mt. Everest has become a tragic joke.

It's a joke if you think you've actually accomplished something other than waiting in line.

It's tragic in the amount of trash left behind.

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Response to Cartoonist (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 12:45 PM

6. And the surprisingly large number of corpses in known locations but close to impossible to retrieve.

https://www.abenakiextreme.com/can-you-really-see-dead-bodies-on-everest/

This is a climber's magazine. The writing is good and accurate and they claim of 300+ killed on Everest that 220 are still there. George Mallory who attempted the first climb in '51 wasn't found until '99.

There are photo's, and there is a video. The video is a touch watch, I looked at about 30 secs of it. Its not gory or overly graphic, its the pathetic uselessness of it and it how many of them.

I can just imagine what the budget for one of these "expeditions" is and I know what a real difference the kind of funding would do for a local school.

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Response to SaintLouisBlues (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 12:33 PM

5. .....weeping jebus ..... and I whine because its impossible to buy a a pizza at Luigi's anymore ....

because of the block long line of yuppie scum even on Tuesday nights.

Nepal has finally had enough and it is trying to staunch this goofy flow of wealthy would-be lemmings.

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Response to SaintLouisBlues (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 12:51 PM

7. This was a tragic

and moving article. It was long, but worth the read.

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Response to SaintLouisBlues (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 01:10 PM

8. Into Thin Air

If you have never read Jon Krakauer's first person account of the 1996 Mt. Everest disaster, Into Thin Air, I can't recommend it highly enough. It is incredibly harrowing.

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Response to Hela (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 04:22 PM

10. Yes, the book is excellent.

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Response to SaintLouisBlues (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 01:15 PM

9. Read John Krakauer's account of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster.

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Response to SaintLouisBlues (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 11:37 PM

11. They need traffic signals





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