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Mount Everest Thread 2021 - the mountain is open for business and dead bodies this year!

Covid closed Everest in 2020 so we missed our usual chat about HAPE/HACE, rich people dying in their tents at Camp 4, brave Sherpas escorting the infirm through the Ice Fall etc. Let's hope for a lethal 1996 style storm this year to catch those foolish enough to brave the hallowed slopes.

by Anonymousreply 30Yesterday at 3:39 AM

Discussion of which expeditions are going ahead in 2021.

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by Anonymousreply 102/20/2021

What on earth are they going to do if Covid breaks out up there?

by Anonymousreply 202/20/2021

Bookmarking this thread now. It’s still very undecided if operators will be running expeditions.

by Anonymousreply 302/20/2021

Hopefully, everyone will have to pass a Covid test before starting the ascent. Then once you're on the mountain, there will be no need for social distancing.

by Anonymousreply 402/20/2021

Hmmm I'm not so sure. You may be right R4, but something doesn't sit right with me about a bunch of risk takers going up a mountain in the middle of a global pandemic.

by Anonymousreply 502/20/2021

Everyone knows the coronavirus can’t survive up there.

by Anonymousreply 602/20/2021

Ashley Judd shattered her leg fucking round in the Congo. Do you really think these self obsessed cunts will not climb if there is any possible way?

by Anonymousreply 702/20/2021

They'll climb.

by Anonymousreply 802/20/2021

Wasn't there some research that showed that covid couldn't survive well above 5000m? They should be okay at Base Camp and above.

by Anonymousreply 902/20/2021

A Nepali guy called Nimsdai Purja led the first successful winter ascent of K2 last month, after summiting all fourteen 8000 metre peaks in just 7 months! The previous record was 7 years.

by Anonymousreply 1002/20/2021

I forgot about our great Everest/climbing threads since last year was a wash. I'd imagine this season might be relatively chill - simply not as many people making attempts this year.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Monday at 11:53 AM

Brings back memories of a yoga frau (and, this time she was German so we aptly call her a frau) my sister talked me into taking classes from a few times. Essentially she had 2 small boys and a sexy husband who was a saxophonist in LA. Ok, what he saw in this 7 foot tall bag of bones who looked like the reason for the coronavirus I can't imagine, other than her PhD in nutrition. In any case, she went on Everest in 2019...totally selfish. Kids and husband were against it, huge blow out that he wasn't allowing her to "live her dreams". She had already been on Mount Fiji and (get this) risked going to fucking Iran to scale one of peaks of the Alborz mountains. I think these people are all either slightly crazy or manic.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Monday at 12:20 PM

I can see Ashley Judd hiring a rotating crew of sherpas to carry her up there.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Monday at 12:21 PM

I read a true story of a man who made 3 expeditions on Mount Everest. He failed to reach the to reach the top on the first 2 tries and then finally reached the top on the 3rd try - and quickly died on the way down. So bad that it speaks for itself. Darwin Award.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Monday at 12:53 PM

There's are some people who seem to beat the odds. David Breashears, Simone Moro, Pete Athans, Ed Viesturs all still alive, all knew when to stop!

by Anonymousreply 15Last Monday at 7:17 PM

[QUOTE] There's are some people who seem to beat the odds. David Breashears, Simone Moro, Pete Athans, Ed Viesturs all still alive, all knew when to stop!

Same for Chris Bonnington who's in his 80s now. I just read his excellent autobiography 'Ascent'. I think Joe Tasker and Pete Boardman were wonderful writers as well as mountaineers, but they died in their 30s, like so many others.

by Anonymousreply 16Last Tuesday at 8:37 PM

I think the expeditions will go ahead - too ruinous for the Sherpa economy if they don't. The mountain has been closed three times in the last seven years.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Tuesday at 8:44 PM

I think we should also track deaths on the other 8000m peaks this year. There's usually a top climber picked off every year due to hubris, like Ueli Steck strolling up Nuptse with just trekking poles.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Tuesday at 10:58 PM

Well Alan Annette seems to think there will be quite a few Indian climbers because they can get to Nepal easily.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Wednesday at 2:45 AM

What are Nepal's entrance rules like?

by Anonymousreply 20Last Wednesday at 5:05 AM

Extract from Savage Arena by Joe Tasker.

Camping high on K2, Joe's tent is hit by an avalanche.

"I awoke to an instant awareness of the imminence of a sordid death. All was black, the tent was collapsed on top of us. A heavy avalanche of snow was pouring over the tent. I was lying face down, cloaked by the fabric of the tent, my body and limbs moulded and held in place by the weight of the snow, solid as concrete.

I tried to rise, only my head and shoulders could move, but the snow crashed down on the back of my neck and my face was beaten inexorably closer to the ground. It was a brutal and implacable force of nature with no malice, which, impersonal and unfeeling, was bringing extinction. I felt awe at the power at work. There was no thought process, I was simply aware, knowledge without deduction, of all the implications of what was happening. I shouted to Pete and Dick by name; there was no reply. My arms were pinned down and I could feel, with my elbow, Pete’s feet next to me, also pinned."

by Anonymousreply 21Last Wednesday at 11:22 PM

So what happened to Pete and Dick?

by Anonymousreply 22Last Wednesday at 11:30 PM

More from The Savage Arena

"The avalanche had struck us in the middle of the night. At its first impact the tent had been partly knocked off the ledge before the snow stakes and the weight of the falling snow held it in place. Dick was suspended, in the folds of the tent, off the edge of the prow of rock, only the tent fabric preventing him from plunging down 10,000 feet of mountain. Pete had been pushed to the edge of the ledge where there was less weight of snow on him. With his head close to the tent entrance he was able to pull himself out. The prow stood clear of the snow slope still and the entrance to the tent was clear. He pulled Dick out of the tent and back onto the ledge where both of them shouted for me for long minutes, hearing no reply. They thought I had been suffocated and was dead."

Eventually, they pull him clear and continue to make attempts on K2, eventually giving up.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Thursday at 5:11 AM

When do they start arriving at base camp for acclimatisation?

by Anonymousreply 24Last Thursday at 10:41 PM

Chris Bonington still climbed challenging rock needles at 80 years old. Mind blowing!!!

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by Anonymousreply 25Yesterday at 1:43 AM

Is there any way I can get a venti 1/2 soy, 1/2 oat, 6 pump caramel macchiato at base camp 4 ⛺️?

by Anonymousreply 26Yesterday at 1:53 AM

^ lol. I was wondering how many posts before any reference to the events of1996!

by Anonymousreply 27Yesterday at 3:08 AM

There should be a law that anyone who wants to summit Everest must have attended a trash collection trip up the mountain reaching Camp 3 during the previous season.

Leave no trace, MFers.

by Anonymousreply 28Yesterday at 3:19 AM

I heard they were going to put a yoga 🧘‍♀️ studio/Lululemon outlet on the summit!

by Anonymousreply 29Yesterday at 3:29 AM

^Fat & JUICY

by Anonymousreply 30Yesterday at 3:39 AM
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