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Holy fuck that's a big mountain....

Well boys and girls....

As part of my ongoing travels, I found myself in Nepal, and a trip to the Himalayas wouldn't be complete without at least wondering what it would be like to climb Mount Everest.

So, following in the footsteps of Hillary, Tenzing and the like, I headed off three weeks ago, and after hiking 300km through the highest mountains in the world, climbing over 15,000 metres, and getting eaten by snakes and leeches, I finally got to stand at the roof of the world last week - Mount Everest Base Camp.

I wish I could say that I got to the top, but I didn't have the $50,000 to spare that the Nepalese government want as royalty fees, but it was amazing nonetheless.

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Old 26th August 2008, 13:19   #2
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Old 26th August 2008, 14:05   #3
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that must be the aeriel view, all that snow on the ground, oh, and that little red cross in the corner must be where Mike is at the minute, X marks the spot!
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they charge royalties... to climb a mountain?

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they charge royalties... to climb a mountain?
50.000??

are they having a laugh....

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it was very foggy

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Old 26th August 2008, 15:04   #7
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Blimey, it's just like Mt Rushmore, but so lifelike!
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That's just a small mountain, I think you actually have a big body instead...

A god has appeared at Mount Everest!

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Re: Holy fuck that's a big mountain....

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$50,000 to spare that the Nepalese government want as royalty fees,
That's ridiculous. I think people should ban the place if that's the case.

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Yes and no. On one hand, it keeps every idiot off it, which is a good thing, IMHO. But yeah, for those serious enough to want to try it, $50,000 is a bit crazy alright.

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I support screening to keep "every idiot off it", but to charge that price is nothing more than telling the world that the country's government is a bunch of greedy assholes.

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mhmmm - try climbing it from the Chinese side at the moment, and see what they have to say about it.

Anyhow, here's another peek at the summit the next day....
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Anyhow, here's another peek at the summit the next day....
Gorgeous shot
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we can still celebrate and get really drunk and eat a ton of food anyway, a pretend funeral....

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I know... good to see I have so many friends!

Anyhow, now that Nepal is almost over, I'm trying to figure out how to get from India or Sri Lanka to Australia for xmas... without flying... so that Sharon can adopt me, give me a floor to sleep on for a few days and feed me up. Any suggestions????

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Anyhow, now that Nepal is almost over, I'm trying to figure out how to get from India or Sri Lanka to Australia for xmas... without flying... so that Sharon can adopt me, give me a floor to sleep on for a few days and feed me up. Any suggestions????
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Is Ada still with you, or did she dump ya and flee back to civilization? And yes, I'll gladly adopt and feed you, but, I won't let you sleep on the floor, I'll let you sleep on our bumpy futon

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Well, guess where I ended up again...? Got bored in Georgia, made my way to Nepal again and am currently in Kathmandu about to get a night's sleep before heading back to Everest tomorrow. Bus to Jiri, then off through the Himalayas again to the big mountain.

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Is this a search and rescue fee to get your corpse back down when you fail to climb it or is that extra? It's likely you would do permanent harm to yourself even if you did make it.

15,000 meters... no 8800 meters... Mars has a couple mountains that big. Nothing here.

I've done Mt. Hood a couple times. That's 3424 meters and it's a challenge, but not suicide. Even at 3500 meters, elevation sickness will kick in if you stay very long. It's pretty hostile. People take kids up there like it's a picnic. Some of them don't come back.

If I trained for a year, I'd probably end up backing off Everest. Most people don't make it and it has about a 5% mortality rate for even trying.

From my reading, it would seem you'd end up wandering through old oxygen bottles, tents and corpses before you summit Everest. It's not a wonder Nepal really doesn't want people up there.
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Is this a search and rescue fee to get your corpse back down when you fail to climb it or is that extra? It's likely you would do permanent harm to yourself even if you did make it.
Nope, the money you pay to the Nepalese government is solely for the privilege of being on the mountain, nothing more. Once you go up there, you're on your own. In fact, a major problem in recent years is that if you get in trouble you're pretty much f**ked, because

(a) people aren't going to sacrifice their paid for summit attempt to save your sorry ass

(b) the people who are there now are amateurs with cash, rather than mountaineers with experience, and wouldn't know their asses from their elbows when it comes to a rescue.

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I've done Mt. Hood a couple times. That's 3424 meters and it's a challenge, but not suicide. Even at 3500 meters, elevation sickness will kick in if you stay very long. It's pretty hostile. People take kids up there like it's a picnic. Some of them don't come back.
Not entirely true. Altitude sickness is caused by speed of ascent - not acclimatising - rather than being X number of metres above sea level, and realistically doesn't kick in below 4000 metres; when it does, it's in the form of a headache more than anything else. The people that don't come back from 3424 metres are most likely doing so for far stupider reasons - badly equipped, hypothermia, getting lost on the way down.

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If I trained for a year, I'd probably end up backing off Everest. Most people don't make it and it has about a 5% mortality rate for even trying.
Like anything in life, it depends on perspective, and what does it for you. I'd happily give it a shot, if it weren't for the money factor.

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Yeah, sadly it was the worlds highest shitheap for a while there - people are simply too exhausted to carry their shit out. Having said that, the Nepalese government have been putting money into several very effective cleanup missions, paying sherpas in off-season to go up and carry down garbage. Over three tonnes in the last off season alone. Bodies are another thing though - but it's not like you're tripping over them. They're buried in the snow and ice, and you'd be hard pressed to find them if you didn't know where to look.

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RoH - 15,000 metres ...

Try reading that as 15,00 metres in the course of a 300 km trek, not 15,000 metres all in the one spot.
Like a bike race, it's not the distance that gets you, it's how many hills you have to go up and down.

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