Over the weekend, everyone was sharing this New York Times piece about what’s happened to Mount Everest. It’s become more crowded than Disneyland. Hundreds of climbers making camp and trudging toward the summit, nearly a dozen deaths this year as a result.
Climbers were pushing and shoving to take selfies. The flat part of the summit, which he estimated at about the size of two Ping-Pong tables, was packed with 15 or 20 people. To get up there, he had to wait hours in a line, chest to chest, one puffy jacket after the next, on an icy, rocky ridge with a several-thousand foot drop.
He even had to step around the body of a woman who had just died.
“It was scary,” he said by telephone from Kathmandu, Nepal, where he was resting in a hotel room. “It was like a zoo.”
This picture tells you everything you need to know about the current conditions there:
In case the obvious metaphor is lost on you, here are the very first people to have reached the summit of the highest peak on earth – explorer Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay:
It should go without saying that when Norgay and Hillary ascended to the top in 1953, they made history. Schoolchildren learned their names (or, at least Hillary’s name) for decades after.
This feat went into the annals of human exploration achievement, along with the moon landing, the discovery of America, the first transatlantic flight and Magellan’s circumnavigation around the globe. And now,