Wow, pretty amazing. Basecamp is bigger than the town I lived in Nepal. I also see they have permanent sites for the loos. Which is more than I can say our town had. Or pretty much anywhere in Nepal outside of the cities.
But what a circus. But it helps the economy which Nepal certainly needs.
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Yes, it is amazing how the Khumbu Icefall has shrunk so much. Those tents are at about 17,500 ft. And dry as a bone.
I never did get to Basecamp when I was there. It was a long walk from Kathmandu, and there wasn't much there anyways. If I remember right back in the late 70's there was only one expedition at a time on Everest from the South. One in the spring and one in the fall.
Zoom in right where the two peaks meet. There's a ridge on the glacier. On top of that ridge, there's a line of mountain climbers. I'm not certain but there appears to be a few that are climbing the steep face at the head of the line.
Cooter Brown wrote:Zoom in right where the two peaks meet. There's a ridge on the glacier. On top of that ridge, there's a line of mountain climbers. I'm not certain but there appears to be a few that are climbing the steep face at the head of the line.
I've found at least 4 sets of people. Go to maximum mag and slowly work your way up the left side of the icefall (which means you'll have to go right every once in a while. First guy (then a group of 4 ahead of him) appears about halfway. Two more groups (at least) once you get into the shadow.
gh wrote:I've found at least 4 sets of people. Go to maximum mag and slowly work your way up the left side of the icefall (which means you'll have to go right every once in a while. First guy (then a group of 4 ahead of him) appears about halfway. Two more groups (at least) once you get into the shadow.
lonewolf wrote:Found them! Danged if I know how they got there.. that is rough going..confirmed my lack of interest in climbing mountains.
Certainly loses any interest I ever had in climbing Everest or Sagarmatha as the Nepalis call it. What a mob. At least they seem to clean up after themselves. Of course, who knows maybe if Breashears took another photo a week or 2 later it would look like a complete dump.
DrJay wrote:Well, I guess some of the tents are real pretty.
They are and almost all identical. Which probably implies practically everyone there is a paid tourist. Do real mountaineers even do Everest anymore? I can't imagine doing the Southwest Face with that mob there.
By the way, this year is the 50th anniversary of the first American Expedition. Of course, Jim Whittaker was the first American on top, but the real adventure was Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld (Nepal's first Peace Corps director) doing the West Ridge and the first traverse of the summit.
DrJay wrote:I count 162 cattl....er....uh....people in that queue. I doubt Mt. Rainier has that many climbers on it on a nice day in June.
Tackling/"conquering" Mt. Rainier, not even the highest peak in the lower 48 states, does nothing in this macho world. Let's take on the biggest, yet "safest" peak we can, taking care to avoid places like K2, Annapurna etc.. One of my colleagues here in Bayou Land, told me casually he was going climbing in the Andes. I told him hope it is not Aconcagua, and he said yes he recognized the name. I asked whether he had ever climbed in snow before, to which he said no. I bluntly told him to cancel the trip if he wanted to live - fortunately for him, the trip was cancelled!
It except for the fact that the tourist's fees help out the Nepali government and the locals I find the whole thing pretty appalling.
People nowadays treat the mountain as if it was a piece of sporting apparatus, not a force of nature. It really makes my soul ache.
The whole country is treated like a playground. Marathon races, etc...
When I was a PC Volunteer there I pretty much stopped running, the only time period since 1968 I haven't run. I of course walked a lot, but it seemed kind of disrespectful and silly to be training in such a poor country. And of course the only mountaineers back in the 70's were the real kind. Unlike the Bucket clowns now.