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Old 05-29-2014, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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while this all sounds logical, and i agree with you, i still feel that Mt Everst is not a place for humans to go to.

Ok, so you get to the top, stick a flag in the ground and call it a day.
big deal, what does this do for you? wouldn't do anything for me, I would never put myself in a situation like going to Mt everest. My life is worth more to me than climbing a mountain.
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Old 05-30-2014, 01:32 AM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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while this all sounds logical, and i agree with you, i still feel that Mt Everst is not a place for humans to go to.

Ok, so you get to the top, stick a flag in the ground and call it a day.
big deal, what does this do for you? wouldn't do anything for me, I would never put myself in a situation like going to Mt everest. My life is worth more to me than climbing a mountain.
Me either, and I used to climb mountains, about 50 years ago.

It ain't the stick with the flag. it's not the top of the mountain, either.
It's the getting there and back again. The top is only the other end of the first step upward.
The closest thing to it I personally know of is bull riding. The adrenaline rush is just as great, but it only lasts a few seconds on the back of a bull. When climbing a mountain, it can last all day all the time. Its the same thing that makes people want to drive fast, dive deep, or a thousand other endeavors.

One of my old climbing buddies was in the first American Everest expedition, but he didn't summit. I was never as hardcore as he was. The guys who really are the best are almost always the most addicted to it.

After hearing what went on up there, way back in the late 60's, I knew I wasn't made out of the right stuff for Everest or any of the big Himalayas.
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Old 05-30-2014, 03:37 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I'd probably go ahead and climb Mt Everest but I don't have any of those crampon things for my shoes and I have a somewhat impaired sense of the whole up/down directional thing and I'd probably find myself back at the bottom of the mountain after walking all day.
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