Friday, June 09, 2006
Please. Stop. Climbing. Mount. Everest. Now.
How many people do you think have climbed all the way to the top of Mount Everest? Several hundred? Guess again.
Over fifteen hundred people have climbed to the top.
Just under two hundred people have died in the attempt.
What the hell is wrong with people? When Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to do it, and were asked why, he answered "because it was there." Trite, but telling. Now, if asked why, the honest answer should be "Because I'm Rich!". Yeah, I ride the rich a lot, but I think they deserve it. They throw money away with both hands, and their lives have become so hollow that they need big thrills, like climbing Everest to make them feel alive. Sadly, they then end up dead.
Good article regarding this: