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Stunning video shows the packed peaks of Mount Everest amid deadly season

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    dubteedub
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    The videos / photos circulating around in this piece are absolutely insane. Canada's CBC quoted a sherpa for Everest who claimed that much of these deaths are due to a rash of inexperienced...

    The videos / photos circulating around in this piece are absolutely insane. Canada's CBC quoted a sherpa for Everest who claimed that much of these deaths are due to a rash of inexperienced climbers undertaking the summit that are slowing things down. I think these videos demonstrate just how backed up things can get because of this.

    "What I see, on average, is that people are coming with [a] very, very bad physical level," Sherpa told CBC News. "You really have to have a very good cardio stamina to go long distance."

    "There is one rope, so you can imagine if somebody is getting really, really, really slow and the one behind has to wait," said Andrea Sherpa-Zimmermann, who is co-founder of Wild Yak Expeditions and married to Sherpa.

    "If the person has no experience, has no clue about mountaineering, then it takes longer," she said. "So it's all about preparation and experience actually."

    "[They are] coming without the proper fitness, without the proper knowledge, and he or she is [getting] stuck. Now [they are] making problems to other climbers. He or she is making the jam there."

    "Some people, I ask them what is your background of coming to Everest. They've been only to Kilimanjaro and Kilimanjaro is just a walk," Sherpa said. "That's totally not enough to scale such area, such a risky mountain or huge mountain [as Everest]. That's the most dangerous thing."

    It baffles me that these folks see Mount Everest without any training whatsoever and see this as just another expensive tourist destination and go there basically just to take a selfie.

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    1. Easlye
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      A fool and his money are soon parted. For some, that includes their life.

      A fool and his money are soon parted. For some, that includes their life.

      8 votes
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      Somebody
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      Westerners think that anything you pay for is guaranteed to be safe.

      Westerners think that anything you pay for is guaranteed to be safe.

      1. dubteedub
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        Many of those who died this season were not westerners. Rich people from all around the world go to Mount Everest every year.

        Many of those who died this season were not westerners. Rich people from all around the world go to Mount Everest every year.

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    Algernon_Asimov
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    Those videos are astounding. Here's me, imagining small groups of 4 or 5 trained climbers gathered together for safety with noone else in sight... and, instead, there's a traffic jam on the...

    Those videos are astounding. Here's me, imagining small groups of 4 or 5 trained climbers gathered together for safety with noone else in sight... and, instead, there's a traffic jam on the mountain! That's a real eye-opener.

    Next thing you know, they'll be paving the trail, building kiosks along the way, and putting a souvenir stand at the peak.

    This situation is atrocious.

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    1. wistar
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      It looks like they opened a summit Chik-Fil-A

      It looks like they opened a summit Chik-Fil-A

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    1. Capn_HAXX
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      If I was suicidal and rich. Killing myself on Everest doesn't seem like the worst way to go out. At least the people I know who remember me for trying to do something "cool". In all seriousness,...

      If I was suicidal and rich. Killing myself on Everest doesn't seem like the worst way to go out. At least the people I know who remember me for trying to do something "cool".

      In all seriousness, what's happened to Everest is actually quite upsetting. But the Nepalese government clearly has no interest in restricting access because it's a tourism cash cow.

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  4. weystrom
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    Apparently EU experience doesn't include the video functionality.

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    Apparently EU experience doesn't include the video functionality.

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