asmrz wrote:I wish, I dream, I hope M & I summited if for no other reason, but to prove to all those masses who attacked the peak much later in huge force, that small groups, going without massive sherpa support and doing most of the work themselves, could summit, and in style. What was the 1953 "success" about? How many porters, sherpas and sahibs? How much equipment and what logistics? Beating the mountain into submission by shear numbers? Hundreds of people as part of one expedition? They knocked off the bastard, did they? I hope M & I got up there, if only to point to all of us the other way to climb the high peaks, like Buhl, Wiessner, Messner, Habeler and others did and do today, by picking up their packs, roping up with their partner and going fo it. M & I represented a total alpine spirit and I hope they made it !!
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