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Escalators on Everest.

August 14, 2014

everest crowdWell, that’s a LITTLE bit of an exaggeration, but why let facts spoil a good story…

After my not-so-recent grumps about the disgraceful and deadly despoilation of the world’s highest peak comes news that Everest is about to take on an even greater threat. Rather than risk landing at the short and sloping  Lukla Airport, or trekking for a few muscle-testing days from the town of Jiri,   high-altitude wannabes will be able to reach the mountain’s bridge, ladder and rope-festooned slopes even more easily and cheaply…  via  jeeps and buses.

The Nepalese government is investing in a 100km  road to Lukla from the above-mentioned township, which could immediately destroy it’s importance and livelihood as THE major starting point for Everesters. Not to mention the effect on the many villages in between.

Everest already has a permanent hospital at Base Camp, where the “solitude” is shared by anything up to 400 hardy souls at a time. Take, for example, the photo above, with a throng of dollar-drained  hopefuls on their way up to the top of the world for a bit of hard-earned loneliness!!!

Maybe those escalators are  not too far over the horizon…


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  1. Cr Bob Schnell permalink
    August 15, 2014 1:39 pm

    There are so many people climbing Everest these days that it would probably be more comfortable and safer doing it in virtual reality. Climb inside a reality suit, select the weather conditions and the number of sherpas etc. and commence the climb. It would be a real bummer if someone on the outside (in reality) tweaked the settings during the ordeal and made you face the worst blizzard in history.

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