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Spring 2006 Everest expedition planned by Helen on 29 October 2005 2:51pm
 
http://www.adventureconsultants.co.nz/AdventureInternational/Everest/

do the virtual tour...it's unbelievable!

I have great respect for anyone who dares to take on Everest.

what moves someone to embark on this adventure of a lifetime rife with real, life threatening danger and extreme physical and mental discomfort?

But the view at the top must be incredible.. I can only imagine.


 
Re: Spring 2006 Everest expedition planned by Ken Dunn on 29 October 2005 3:21pm
 
Tonight I am going to a presentation by Alan Hinkes, the British high altitude mountaineer who has climbed all 14 of the over 8000m peaks in the Himalaya. Last year at his show he had photos and video of some of the mountains and parts of it were very scary due to the steepness and inaccessibility of the terrain.
The view in photographs is not quite the same as being there and experiencing the landscape first hand.
The challenge with mountaineering is the same for any dangerous sport - when you do it right and are successful at it you earn a lot of respect and satisfaction from the achievement. Even being unsuccessful and surviving is an achievement with high altitude mountaineering.
 
Re: Spring 2006 Everest expedition planned by Spursfan on 29 October 2005 5:46pm
 
As someone who hates heights but loves flying, the nearest I got to 'conquering' Everest was a siteseeing flight past it! A wonderful experience - awe-inspiring and, well, gob-smacking, especially when we were taken into the cockpit for the pilot to show us the view from the windscreen (do planes HAVE windscreens?!!).

Sorry - can't see the point in climbing mountains!!

Anne
 
Re: Spring 2006 Everest expedition planned by tucsonmike on 30 October 2005 3:56am
 
Can't see the point in mountain climbing. I'll stop at Mt. Lemmon. (9200 feet).
 
Re: Spring 2006 Everest expedition planned by tucsonmike on 30 October 2005 3:58am
 
Helen, what view? All you would see is other peaks and clouds. A smaller mountain, where you can see valleys and farms etc would be more fun (at least to me).
 
Re: Spring 2006 Everest expedition planned by Helen on 30 October 2005 3:03pm
 
*channeling Napoleon Dynamite*

Mike, are you flippin kidding me??? what view?!

You are on top of the friggin world!
*shuts off ND*

ANYHOO-I've been on top of Cadillac Mountain in Maine, and it was amazing.
That's as far as I will go.

I am fascinated with Everest and its climbers. I want to to have a personal chat with someone who has summitted.

Anyone see the Everest IMAX film?
 
Re: Spring 2006 Everest expedition planned by Helen on 30 October 2005 3:05pm
 
here's the view:

http://www.panoramas.dk/fullscreen2/full22.html
 
Re: Spring 2006 Everest expedition planned by Ahren on 30 October 2005 9:54pm
 
OMG!!! I am SOOOO totally going there!! God, that view.....


*melts*
 
Re: Spring 2006 Everest expedition planned by tucsonmike on 31 October 2005 1:59am
 
Yes, Helen but you are wearing an oxygen mask and fighting blizzards. Then, you have to get down. I hope whichever God runs Everest has a sense of humor. I like Cadillac Mountain. Been there.
 
Re: Spring 2006 Everest expedition planned by Helen on 31 October 2005 1:21pm
 
right, Mike. Hence, I will never ever climb Everest.
BTW, the first link I provided was to the expedition company Adventure Consultants. Rob Hall used to be a guide for them, and he lost his life in the 1996 tragedy on Everest. He had summitted 5 times!

And have you all noticed how much it will cost to climb Everest--not including your own insurance?

$55,000.00 US dollars. Gasp.

So not only are you risking death and injury, but you will drain your savings, too. Doug Hansen, a postal worker on the ill-fated 1996 expedition worked several jobs in order to pay for his Everest trip--and the 1996 climb wasn't his first attempt. Sadly, he lost his life on the mountain in 1996--after he finally summitted..

i guess if you climbed Everest, you would feel like you can do anything--and fear of the ordinary would be a thing of the past. Sounds liberating. Would I still climb Everest? Hell no.

I have this for mountain climbers: RESPECT. Lots and lots of it.

Read "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer if you dare. Your heart will be in your throat the entire time.

Cadillac mountain is a gorgeous piece of scenery,agreed. I haven't been there in years. time to go back....
 



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