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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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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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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.
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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Going through my pics now. I put them on 500px, not sure if you need an account to view them or not. Feel free to vote if you have an account there...

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I can see why you don't need a refrigerator to keep the beer cold. :P

In all honesty, that's a great picture. I would love to be there in person to see it.

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you know, one thing i never have and probably never will understand about mountain climbing is how people resist the temptation to pack a parachute and base jump down.

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That would be a hell of a lot of fun, but...

Parachutes are pretty bulky and hard to carry up especially if you have to add all the other necessary provisions. Also, most noteworthy summits, while although very steep, aren't steep enough for a base jump.

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ah, i kind of guessed at both of those actually, well to be honest i figured there should usually be one suitable face but it might not be one possible to get up.

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still.... i'm sure that guy who owns virgin airlines and all that stuff is trying to develop a wing suit for just that purpose

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Can't base jump off anything non-vertical, and even where there is a cliff or something similar, there's a good chance of a gust of wind slamming you into the cliff face and down to the valley below.

I've paraglided off of certain mountains, which is basically like launching a hang glider, except with a parachute and special harness. Having said that, you can only do it off certain slopes, in certain weather conditions, hope for thermals, etc.

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makes sense and damn, i wish you had a helmet cam now, probably be one hell of an interesting video.

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I've paraglided off of certain mountains, which is basically like launching a hang glider, except with a parachute and special harness. Having said that, you can only do it off certain slopes, in certain weather conditions, hope for thermals, etc.
Did you paraglide off Mt Tamborine? I always see gliders floating into town.
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makes sense and damn, i wish you had a helmet cam now, probably be one hell of an interesting video.
It's a lot of fun, pretty safe too, compared to parachuting which I used to do at home. Trained in South Africa when I lived there and got my paragliding licence in 2008, been doing it ever since. It's relaxing more than anything else - find some decent thermals and you can float for an hour or two, sit back in the harness and relax.

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In all honesty, that's a great picture. I would love to be there in person to see it.
Nothing stopping you, just book some time off and a plane ticket. In all honesty got VERY lucky with the weather here. It's monsoon season here at the moment and as a result, views like this are almost non-existent. As it stands, had to climb Kala Patthar three mornings in a row at 4am in the hope for clear skies. This was the result.

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Pumori (7,161 m), taken from the summit of Kala Patthar, Nepal.

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Like it, but the top of a mountain's not much of a place for a jumble sale

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Those are some quite amazing shots!

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Pumori (7,161 m), taken from the summit of Kala Patthar, Nepal.

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Outstanding. Do you have the full resolution of that shot available? I see you have the same camera as I as well (I don't have tray lense though).

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Outstanding. Do you have the full resolution of that shot available? I see you have the same camera as I as well (I don't have tray lense though).
Yeah, of course I do. it's $2.99 on 500px






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Abandoned farmstead in Sagarmatha National Park, on the way to Mt. Everest.

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See?! It's pictures like these that make me want to go out there and be the next National Geographic photographer. But, I don't have the patience and that built in skill
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Nothing stopping you. As I've said before, it's 95% being lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, 5% having a camera ready and knowing what to do with it. And Australia has some amazing photo opportunities.


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Nothing stopping you. As I've said before, it's 95% being lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, 5% having a camera ready and knowing what to do with it. And Australia has some amazing photo opportunities.


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Nothing stopping you. As I've said before, it's 95% being lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, 5% having a camera ready and knowing what to do with it. And Australia has some amazing photo opportunities.
I'm slack I can't even be bothered to learn how to use the little Canon point-n-shoot that we have properly.

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Buy one of these

http://www.lytro.com/

Focuses on every element of the scene all at once - load the image onto your computer and you can do ALL of the adjustments such as focus, DOF, etc that you normally have to do manually with the camera.

Having said that, if I had the money tomorrow, I'd be online buying a new Nikon with a full frame sensor - my holy grail of cameras. On the cheaper side, there are a bunch of filters for the camera that I have, that I would love to buy and try out some more artistic things. All I need is a couple of thousand people to buy my photos, and I'm set

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Mmmm, a D3X with one of these... Oh god, and one of these.

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Mountain farmsteads in Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal, on the way to Mt. Everest.

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Ama Dablam means "Mother's necklace"; the long ridges on each side like the arms of a mother (ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier thought of as the dablam, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women.
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