Everest: At Least They’re Banking

Posted on: June 4, 2008


So what if 2008 is a record breaking year on Everest? I think the only record worth talking about here is the motivation. I mean Apa Sherpa climbed Everest 18 times. Honestly, I can’t think of many places in the world I would consider going back to 18 times; and much less on such an inhospitable summit. It’s time consuming, tiring and cold. And by the looks of it, very crowded! 75 people were standing on the summit on some given day in May! No wonder the air is so thin up there!

Can we still talk of climbing Everest as an exploit when no less than 260 climbers summit in a season? I can only imagine the highway to the summit created by all these little footsteps! I mean, it can’t be that hard to get up there: a 76 year old man raised the age limit this year, standing on the summit at almost 77 years of age!

Ok, I’ll give credit to guides like David Hahn and Willie Benegas, who set foot respectively 10 and 8 times on the highest point on the globe. At least they’re banking!

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