On 05/19/2013 09:53 AM, turquoiseb wrote: > When I was growing up, there was one place on Earth that held by far the > greatest mystery for me. It was so inaccessible that for the first eight > years of my life no human had ever been there. Then in 1953 two guys > reached the top: > > > They remained the only two humans to have stood on the top of the world > for three years. In 1963, when Jim Whittaker and Nawang Gombu Sherpa > reached the top, they became only the 13th and 14th humans to have done > so. It was the rarest of places on Earth, seen only by the rare few. > > Now read this excellent but heartbreaking article from National > Geographic, written by Mark Jenkins, a member of the team who climbed > Everest recently to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Whittaker's climb. > > What a sad, sad fate to befall possibly the most special place on the > planet. > > http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/125-everest-maxed-out/jenkins-\ > text > <http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/125-everest-maxed-out/jenkins\ > -text>
I'm guessing you're never seen Everest or the Himalayas? I had a glimpse of them flying from Mumbai to Varanasi. Quite impressive. I've also seen a documentary on the risks of climbing Everest. Though they refined it to a tourist event it is still quite dangerous and something that I would have no interest in since I get dizzy just climbing up on a house roof. BTW, what is the narcissistic rating for Everest climbing?