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David Tait

His blog posts are wonderful. This is the guy who attempted the double traverse in 2007. Up one side, down the other and then back. He gave up after realizing that he really was out of his league. Mostly because of Sherpa Phurba Tashi, who has ascended Everest 19 times, including three times in one season. As it says on Phurba Tashi's wikipedia page "Tait said that his decision was influenced by his belief that Phurba Tashi was a far superior climber and would have allowed him all the glory had they continued."

Few climbers reach that realization. Not to say that Tait isn't good at what he does. In 2009 he went up with the Sherpas who were placing ropes. So, a couple of weeks to a month before anyone else but the Sherpas would dare to think about it.
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[livejournal.com profile] vixyish just posted one of my favorite quotes, from Gus Grissom

"If we die, we want people to accept it. We're in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life." - -Gus Grissom

For some reason it made me think of this ...

"The first question which you will ask and which I must try to answer is this, 'What is the use of climbing Mount Everest ?' and my answer must at once be, 'It is no use'. There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behavior of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron. We shall not find a single foot of earth that can be planted with crops to raise food. It's no use. So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for." - George Mallory

There are all kinds of mountains ...

Fun

Dec. 27th, 2009 07:27 pm
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The new season of Everest: Beyond The Limit is on right now. I'm a happy camper.

They're climbing the south face this year.

It's fun so far
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This has some really interesting (and some kinda squicky) information

http://www.basecampmd.com

I think I want one of those hats
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These are some of the best Everest photos I have seen.

Kathmandu To Khumjung
Khumjung To CampIII
Summit Bid

A warning, there are TONS of pictures here ... so it may take awhile to load.
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I gave a choice between north face and south face on Everest.

I'm curious why who picked what, even if it was just a random choice.
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[Poll #1195753]

The ever so lovely [livejournal.com profile] bammba_m pointed out, considering my interest in it, that I have missed a very important anniversary.

At 11:30 am on this day in 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood at the highest point in the world.
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Does anyone else watch this?

So far the season hasn't been quite as compelling as last season, but it is really picking up.

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