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anyone here ever done everest??

Postby emmieuk » Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:02 am

I am new to all of this and all my book reading has made me so excited!
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Postby Bruno » Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:50 pm

These two members have climbed Everest solo without supplementary oxygen. I think they will kindly answer all the questions you may have about an Everest climb:

http://www.summitpost.org/user_page.php?user_id=19503
http://www.summitpost.org/user_page.php?user_id=30881

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Postby emmieuk » Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:16 pm

thanks everyone

May I ask why Everest seems to be a sore/weird subject on such forums?

forgive me but I am new to it all...
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Postby emmieuk » Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:48 pm

thanks guys

I udnerstand I am one of those 'noobs'.

I do also understand that there are other mountains to climb which are harder etc etc and yes I am the one who has climbed a stair or two and as a tourist on a volcano trek.

Thing is people all have to start somewhere and of course Everest is where most peoples interest comes from either reading about it or watching a documentary.

Thanks for clearing up the issues :)
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Postby CindyAbbott » Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:26 pm

emmieuk wrote:thanks everyone

May I ask why Everest seems to be a sore/weird subject on such forums?

forgive me but I am new to it all...


Oh my gosh, Welcome to SP, but be perpared when you mention the word "Everest"

Look in "general" forum for thread called Everest Rant. You will need about two hours to read it and do not dismay if you get confused as you go through.

For me, watching Everest: Beyond the Limit was what got me interested in big mountains but like others have said you have to start slow/low and learn about all the factors involved.
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Postby fatdad » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:03 pm

emmieuk wrote:thanks everyone

May I ask why Everest seems to be a sore/weird subject on such forums?

forgive me but I am new to it all...


Let me provide a different perspective than what most others have said.

The reason why people sneer at neophytes who read one book and decide they want to climb Everest is that they are a trophy hunters, not climbers.

Everest, though not the most difficult peak to climb, had until about 20 yrs. ago maintained a mystic because it was the tallest. As a result, it was kind of a goal for climbers, who would typically only approach it after gaining years of skill and experience.

Nowadays, it's become like a pricey item in an expensive boutique. You pay to play. If you have the money, even if you lack the skill or experience, you can hire someone to handle viritually every aspect of the climb for you. In some instances, that even involves a Sherpa who will tow you up or push you from behind (no joke).

For a lot of climbers, climbing is a metaphor for life. How well you live is determined in part by the values and ethics you employ when climbing. Paying someone $50K to drag you up a mountain with a bunch of trophy seeking neophytes is not consistent with those values.
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Postby CindyAbbott » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:25 pm

knoback wrote:If you want a better perspective on this "Everest Thing", pick up Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer and Rock Jocks, Wall Rats, and Hang Dogs by John Long. The stories may clarify some of the reasons for the animosity between high altitude mountaineers and technical climbers (from both perspectives). Plus they are fun to read, at least more fun than the internet forums, unless you'd rather sit in on a good set of 'the dozens' than read a good book.


Well said!
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Postby HeyItsBen » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:44 pm

Vitaliy M wrote:Couple of times, as a day-hike...


Did that make men wilt in your presence?
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Postby Augie Medina » Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:51 pm

CindyAbbott wrote:
emmieuk wrote:thanks everyone

May I ask why Everest seems to be a sore/weird subject on such forums?

forgive me but I am new to it all...


Oh my gosh, Welcome to SP, but be perpared when you mention the word "Everest"

Look in "general" forum for thread called Everest Rant. You will need about two hours to read it and do not dismay if you get confused as you go through.

For me, watching Everest: Beyond the Limit was what got me interested in big mountains but like others have said you have to start slow/low and learn about all the factors involved.


FYI emmieuk, Cindy has summited Everest. I think the Everest Rant thread she referred to made her gun-shy about saying so in her reply to you, but she needn't hold back, it was quite an accomplishment. On the other hand, the comments about why some people wouldn't be interested in doing Everest, at least guided, are also well stated. Learn to love and respect the mountains, develop your skills, and then you can make up your own mind where you come out on this issue.
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Postby CindyAbbott » Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:00 pm

Oh shucks :oops:
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Postby fatdad » Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:19 pm

CindyAbbott wrote:Oh shucks :oops:


Absolutely. Congrats. Despite what I said on my earlier thread, everyone on this thread probably knows the amount of heavy lifting, the cold, the headaches, the coughing, the wheezing, the daily grind and discomfort of climbing the Big E. A wonderful feather to have in your cap.
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