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.