Traffic Jam on Mt Everest Summit Blamed for Four More Fatalities

Traffic Jam on Mt Everest Summit Blamed for Four More Fatalities:  A massive traffic jam of climbers at the summit of Mt Everest - also referred to as the “death zone,” is being blamed for two of the four new deaths reported this week on the mountain, heightening concerns that the drive for profits is trumping safety on the world’s highest peak.

Wait a minute?  You’re telling me there’s a frigg’in traffic jam at the top of Mount Everest?  Get serious!  And these crazy fools are paying $11,000, just for the privilege to climb all the way up to the top of the world in the freezing cold, only to have to wait 200-deep in line for up to 12 hours - just to get their picture taken from on top of the mountain? 

And, if that isn’t bad enough - then, they have to turn around and climb all the way back down again.  And its still freezing cold!  I mean, it isn’t like you can just hail a cab from up there.  And, let’s be brutally honest here folks, it’s not exactly like no one else has ever climbed this mountain before.  After all, you’re waiting in a line that’s 200 deep, for heaven’s sake!

Now, say what you want about the thrill of adventure - blah, blah, blah.  Thanks, but no thanks!  Why, I’d rather sit in bumper to bumper traffic on the 405 freeway in LA any damn day.  At least there, you can turn on the air conditioning and listen to all the traffic reports on the radio telling you how screwed you are - in comfort.  Now that’s what I call adventure!

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Comment by Bob Burns on May 24, 2019 at 11:38pm

There's some kind of irony in this story but I can't put my finger on it, exactly. Maybe it's the fact that the technology of mountain climbing has advanced so much that my Uncle Ed, who was a CPA, probably could have been in that crowd at the top.

There's some sherpa who has summited Everest over 24 times—leading wealthy Westerners, of course.

Comment by J.P. Hart on May 25, 2019 at 5:03am

For reals?

Johnny it's certainly not lonely at the top is it? Bet there's no need for those ubiquitous no smoking signs.

What?! Jennifer Lawrence is signing calendars on the summit?

And why is it Eve rest not A dam rest?!

Good buddy: search high and LO;}

Comment by Johnny Robish on May 25, 2019 at 5:49am

Haha - thanks guys!

Comment by alsoknownas on May 25, 2019 at 5:50am

Good points Johnny.

Comment by Johnny Robish on May 25, 2019 at 5:52am

Thank you my friend!

Comment by koshersalaami on May 25, 2019 at 6:08am

Better to climb K2. Neighborhoods change, Everest is gentrifying, and it’s really gone downhill. 

Comment by koshersalaami on May 25, 2019 at 6:09am

Sorry you missed that one, aren’t you?

Comment by Johnny Robish on May 25, 2019 at 7:13am

I think I'm in the wilderness when I walk past the sporting goods section at Target.

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