Creston wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 17:37:
National Geographic did a story about Everest a few issues ago, and it was ridiculous. It's just a line of people stepping on each other's feet that reaches from camp 4 to the top. And the top is so crowded that typically people can't even get on because there's no room to stand.
Yeah, Everest is a tourist affair these days. Buy an expedition slot and get lucky with the weather then you're there, there is little technical climbing on the South Col route on the Nepalese side. The only real test is if your lung capacity and VO2 max are good enough to get you to the top without getting cerebral edema. There's also a significant luck factor though I guess. The Khumbu Icefall on the way to Everest is far more dangerous. Imagine ice towers the size of buildings that are constantly shifting and moving, you have to cross it over ladders.
I would much rather climb a mountaineers mountain like K2 or Annapurna. The risk of death is so high on those mountains though that you really have to weigh if its worth trying. We'll see how my training on Rainier goes, I've got years of work before I tackle anything nuts anyway
Imagine trying to climb K2 though, seriously look at this picture
. That mountain wants to fucking kill you!