Summit ridge from south summit

Summit ridge from south summit

This picture was taken from just below the south summit, a perfect rest spot sheltered from the wind under the slightly over-hanging wall of the south summit. The photo shows the amazing queues on 19 May 2009. Reportedly the busiest summit day in history with 88 summits, all from the south side.
on Jun 7, 2009 9:49 am
Image ID: 519278


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Rob - Jun 7, 2009 10:12 am - Voted 10/10


Reminds me of the crowds climbing the Half Dome cables on a weekend.


Marcsoltan - Jun 7, 2009 6:27 pm - Voted 10/10

It reminds me of...

The Nose of El Cap on a nice spring day.
Too much waiting to go for your pitch. Not for me.


96avs01 - Jun 14, 2009 9:38 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: It reminds me of...

Cables of Half Dome come to mind...

BTW, nice shot!


lcarreau - Jun 8, 2009 12:43 am - Voted 10/10

Very much over-rated

if you ask me. Because its there?

Well, what if it wasn't there; would we indeed
dream that it WAS there ???

I gave it the 10/10 (anyway) for effort.


radson - Jun 8, 2009 2:39 am - Voted 10/10


A great photo under difficult conditions. Despite the crowds, I think would be absolutely amazing to climb that ridge and look over Lhotse and Nuptse. Well done.


pisti2004 - Jun 8, 2009 5:57 am - Voted 10/10


super foto!


taxinvestor - Jun 8, 2009 7:05 am - Voted 10/10


I like how this pic shows the route up clearly. Musta been a loooong summit day.

Nyle Walton

Nyle Walton - Jun 8, 2009 11:06 am - Hasn't voted

Oh hum!

I can see that climbing Everest is no longer an exceptional achievement. In good weather, the summit must be awefully crowded. It is hardly worth the struggle. I think I'll save my $65,000 and spend it on good car.


ChristianRodriguez - Jun 17, 2009 12:01 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Oh hum!

or climb LOTS of 7000´s (meters) mountains nearby.

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Jun 8, 2009 12:41 pm - Voted 10/10

With that

many climbers, I think the Nepalese ought to build a hut on the South Col, and stock it with a lot of oxygen, fuel and food (flown in per helicopter, that's what they use in the Alps now). That might save a lot of lives if the weather suddenly goes bad. Also, since most people climb the mountain by means of a fixed rope laid out by Sherpas anyway, they might as well take the next step and fix a permanent steel wire all the way (making it the worlds' highest ferrata). There are always the other routes for people who consider this too tame!


alpinelight - Jun 13, 2009 2:09 pm - Voted 10/10

Great photo

Crazy situation. Not for me. Looks like mankind, not man vs mountain.


ChristianRodriguez - Jun 17, 2009 12:06 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Great photo

money vs mountain


klwagar - Jun 14, 2009 11:20 am - Voted 10/10


pretty amazing photo - I had to really look closely to actually see the long line to the summit. Congratulations to you for doing it. I have never been close to that high but I can imagine the effort and stamina it took to get there


BigRob - Jun 16, 2009 4:30 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice pic

A little crowded for me. Not to take anything away from those who have climbed Everest. Looks like a freeway.


ChristianRodriguez - Jun 17, 2009 12:10 am - Voted 10/10

Sad but true.

Image is great, but is sad to see HUGE quantities of people there. I can imagine the tons of "trash and shit" = money.


PellucidWombat - Jun 17, 2009 3:37 pm - Voted 10/10


This photo is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

It also shows why I have no interest in climbing Everest - how can you have a real mountain experience in this environment when you're surrounded by people?! I thought waiting in lines was something you left back in civilization.


nartreb - Jun 17, 2009 4:01 pm - Voted 10/10

that's only half!

I count 44 people in this shot!

Matthew Van Horn

Matthew Van Horn - May 18, 2011 11:46 pm - Hasn't voted

Rob Hall

Is Rob Hall's body still on the South summit?


Marmaduke - May 19, 2011 12:46 am - Voted 10/10

Very nice photo

I think most people have dissdain for Everest because of the commercialism and the cost. Saying it's not a relavant climb or it's easy or there's not much to it I think is a bit of a joke. Everything I've read and seen is it's still a technical climb in many areas, altitude obviously plays a part and if it were like some here say it is, then why have some of the best climbers not summited? It's an impressive climb. Again, nice photo.

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