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Mount Everest climbers seen crushed together in new video as Nepal debates limiting permits

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Posted By: earlybird, 5/30/2019 3:17:56 PM

A crush of climbers waiting to ascend the world's tallest summit can be seen in a new video amid the ongoing debate whether Nepal should limit permits to prevent dangerous overcrowding on the world's highest peak. Eleven people have died so far this year on Mount Everest -- including nine in Nepal -- likely due to altitude sickness, which is caused by low amounts of oxygen at high elevation and can lead to headaches, vomiting, shortness of breath and mental confusion. Nepal has issued permits to 381 people to climb Everest, which the government says is the greatest number ever.


Experienced climbers cite the problems: Shorter window for ascents due to weather conditions. Greater number of permits (these are a source of revenue for Nepal at $11,000 a pop). Numbers one and two account for the unreal crowding you can see in the video.) Lack of experience and/or preparation.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Omen55 5/30/2019 3:25:11 PM (No. 87070)
This tourist trap will kill you.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 5/30/2019 3:29:07 PM (No. 87077)
Being delayed in the death zone is absolutely deadly. Really, really bad idea to let so many people on the mountain at a time. Greedy folks in the government getting cash for the permits, probably.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: JHHolliday 5/30/2019 3:52:28 PM (No. 87095)
Probably Nepal's biggest single source of foreign cash and they won't give much of it up voluntarily. The wealthy dilettantes who want to brag about 'conquering' Everest at their cocktail parties should think twice about trying this climb. Can't brag much if you are dead.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: NorthernDog 5/30/2019 3:52:30 PM (No. 87096)
Climbers who die on the higher-up slopes are generally left there forever. Over time some bodies disappear under the ice and snow. A few frozen bodies are used as grisly landmarks.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: watashiyo 5/30/2019 3:54:53 PM (No. 87099)
Wouldn't you know it, the Chinese tourists are already crowding Mt. Everest. Soon the place will be littered with plastics and poops.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Califedup 5/30/2019 4:00:10 PM (No. 87102)
Those are actually photos of illegal aliens who got terribly lost and thought that the border of the USA was just over the top of that hill or maybe pictures of some of the democrat communist party faithful who heard Ex-Dictator Obama was giving a paid speech regarding the dangers of Climate Change on top of the mountain or that Hillary Clinton was selling whiskey laced snow cones for 10 grand a pop. Seriously, every time we fly we are higher up then these clowns who risk theirs and other peoples lives to climb a big rock with snow and ice on it. Last time I flew across the country I was at least 12,000 feet higher and was able to sip a cocktail and watch a movie while attaining that height. Don't blame the government of Nepal blame the climbers who pay big bucks to take foolish risks which could result in deadly consequences. What's the point?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: ginadee 5/30/2019 4:11:10 PM (No. 87106)
To my own failing I do not understand the purpose of this risky, death defying climb to reach the top of this peak. As my mom used to say, 'to each his own'.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: chumley 5/30/2019 4:19:17 PM (No. 87112)
Once something pretty special with well earned bragging rights, it looks like climbing Everest is now just a line waiting for a ride at Disneyland. Best to find something else for the bucket list; something with fewer crowds. Like maybe a Sandals resort.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: john56 5/30/2019 4:49:01 PM (No. 87137)
Maybe they should put up a sign at the bottom: capacity x number of climbers :)
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Reply 10 - Posted by: bad-hair 5/30/2019 4:49:38 PM (No. 87139)
Just look at the movie "The Bucket List' and you have JACK NICHOLSON and MORGAN FREEMAN climbing Everest and sitting there quietly and calmly loving it. They are not sitting in 29 below zero wondering how the hell they're going to get back down. This is an invitation to the Darwin Award winners among us to line up to DIE. Sorry I actually don't have a bucket list.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Bur Oak 5/30/2019 5:45:45 PM (No. 87178)
Nepal should simply increase the permit price to about $50,000.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: GO3 5/30/2019 6:19:28 PM (No. 87203)
If I was younger I would attempt the Matterhorn. Just fulfilling a Disney movie childhood fantasy, I guess.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Maggie2u 5/30/2019 6:49:47 PM (No. 87225)
Yesterday, May 29th was the 66th anniversary that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed Mount Everest the first men to do so and a little 5yr old girl in Chicago finally got a name.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: DVC 5/30/2019 7:10:56 PM (No. 87235)
Climbers running right on the edge of HAPE and with very limited supplemental O2 can't stand to he waiting in line. Insanity.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: hershey 5/30/2019 8:33:43 PM (No. 87296)
And they don't even mention the piles of refuse left by the climbers....in a thousand years some alien will look at the summit and wonder where all the crap came from...
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