Mount Everest... Eleven Perish In Deadly Traffic Jams

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  1. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    Mount Everest Traffic Jam 2019 1.jpg

    From the "Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words" Department...
    Hoards of climbers wait in line to summit Mount Everest, a result of over-crowding during the May climbing season. The traffic jams often add many hours to the journey to the summit and back down. The delays to get up-and-down add to the dangers of struggling to survive in the "death zone" above 27,000 feet. Eleven climbers perished this year. But the permit fees paid by the climbers are an important source of revenue to Nepal, creating disincentive to limit the number of permits issued or to vet the qualifications of the climbers. Two interesting articles, from The Washington Post and CNN.

    How Mount Everest’s popularity turned fatal
    Mount Everest death toll rises to 11 amid
    overcrowding concerns
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  2. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    No thanks. While I find Everest interesting it hardly seems worth the price to be paid by some. You used to only hear of tragedy on Everest due to mother nature and now it's while waiting in line for your turn at a photo of at the top of the world.
  3. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    No thanks. The top of the world doesn't interest me. I don't have anything to "prove" --- whatever that is.
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  4. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

    I put this squarely on the shoulders of the people who permit that many to climb at one time. They know what is going to happen. It's irresponsible.
  5. be9ak7ts16

    be9ak7ts16 Hick

    Unbelievable. Nepalese authorities should be held accountable.
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  6. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    This is where I stand. It is so bizarre though. Such a high amount of people at such a remote location defeats the purpose of adventuring there imo.
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  7. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    My first thought too. I am not going to disagree, but most of these climbers paid big dollars to professional expeditions to summit. I feel like they are the ones to blame putting their clients in this position. They need to come up with a summit plan that is the best possible for their clients. That is what they get paid for.
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  8. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    Not sure I agree. If they issued one permit a day to ride in a barrel over Niagara Falls and someone dies, who is at fault? Whoever issued the permit or the person going over the Falls?
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  9. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

    I can't disagree. There are professionals involved. They have to share the responsibility
  10. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    need steps and a hot dog stand
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  11. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    True true
  12. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    Mount Everest Green Boots 1996 Death Still There.jpg

    When you pass the Green Boots Checkpoint, you are roughly 1,130 feet below the summit, which is at 29,029 feet above sea level.

    About 250 corpses remain on Mount Everest. When a climber succumbs to avalanche, a fall, the elements or the altitude, their body typically is left behind, forever. This is a testament to the difficulty and danger of trying to move a body down off the mountain. Climbers who return from Everest often speak of feeling unnerved by the dead bodies they encounter along the trail. One of the most infamous of the corpses is known as "Green Boots," a climber from India who died in 1996. For 23 years, his distinctive Koflach-brand boots have marked the trail... 1,130 feet yet to climb.

    I wonder if other difficult mountains also have the bodies of deceased climbers strewn about. Does anyone know?
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  13. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    Just heard on the news that it used to cost $60,000 to get a ticket to climb, now they charge $30,000 and a whole new demographic has gotten involved in this endeavor.
    God help all of them.
  14. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    It amazes me how many people are in that line. I’m completely uninterested in climbing a mountain in the snow.
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  15. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    Me either, heck, I ain't standing in a line like that at sea level for gods sake.
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  16. Go Panthers

    Go Panthers Team Owner

    It's sickening how they've let things get up there.

    They've trashed it and made it extremely dangerous.
  17. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Inexperience kills on Everest. The price for the ticket to the Everest Ride has dropped and inexperience is waiting in line to purchase their fun filled weekend to go to the top of the world.

    It's a shame that you don't have to have some sort of resume built up in the sport of mountain climbing to be eligible for the chance of conquering the mountain. You or I could buy or ticket to next years queue on the top of Everest and nobody would blink an eye. Get it back to people that know what the hell they are doing up there and not those that don't belong there in the first place.

    Problem solved.
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  18. Turtle84

    Turtle84 gained a step

    Thank you for making this decision easy for me
  19. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    Is it possible to get a helicopter or drone to help fix things?
  20. Go Panthers

    Go Panthers Team Owner

    My guess is it’s too high
  21. kyle18fan

    kyle18fan Proud member of Rowdy Nation Contributor

    Only human beings could create a traffic jam on the tallest mountain in the world
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