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    Re: Worst Everest disaster ever as huge avalanche kills 12

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    Yea I hated to hear that.

    But until the Napalese Govt steps in and protects that mountain , the Continued Commercialization of Everest is going to continue.

    Some have proposed restricting Oxygen use unless in a absolute emergency, which would cut out bottlenecks, which contributed to the 96 disaster.
    Yep. And, the bottle necks have gotten even worse.

    2 hour bottleneck during last year's climb

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    Re: Worst Everest disaster ever as huge avalanche kills 12

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    Yea I hated to hear that.

    But until the Napalese Govt steps in and protects that mountain , the Continued Commercialization of Everest is going to continue.

    Some have proposed restricting Oxygen use unless in a absolute emergency, which would cut out bottlenecks, which contributed to the 96 disaster.
    Mountaineering expeditions are an important part of the Nepalese economy. It is the government that promotes the mountaineering and it is mountaineering that has lifted the Sherpas from serious poverty. The sherpas who have summited Everest are national heroes. Himalayan mountaineering is dangerous and Everest is more dangerous than the other mountains because of its height and size. 200 people have died on Everest over the years. The Khumbu glacier is pelted by avalanches from time to time. Everybody knows this. If you want to summit the mountain or make your living portering for climbing expeditions, you accept the risk and the risk is known clearly to everyone.

    There is no question that this was a tragedy but there isn't anything anyone can or should do about it. There have been tragedies on the mountain most years since the first ascent in the 1950's.

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