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!