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everest update

i've been a bit preoccupied lately ;)

so....the big news. 7 summits already! from Duncan Chessel with DCXP.
Summit news is the Kazak pair summited Mt Everest today! This pair is supported by Arun treks our partner-agent in Nepal. The Kazak pair climbed Everest without oxygen, no sherpa support and in a very short time. They are very experienced with 12x 8000m peaks already climbed they have been moving faster than most of the sherpas!


Chris Nagel chipping ice for dinner!

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slave_driver
May. 4th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
I love mountains, and stories of climbing Everest. When we were in Seattle I was hiking in the mountains every weekend. Someday I'd like to take a guided tour to the summit of Mt Rainier, certainly not nearly as challenging as Everest, but good enough and dangerous enough for me. Did you know that Mt Rainier is supposedly the largest land mountain in the world? Everest is the highest, but because its base is already at 17,000 ft means that the mountain itself is only about 12,000 ft. Mt Rainier is 14,410 ft from base (which is right at about sea level)to summit. That makes it the largest land mountain in the world, or so the people from Washington State tell me. They say that one of the Hawiian islands is on the upper part of a mountain that starts under the sea, which makes it the largest mountain in the world, but most of it is underwater.

I'm inclined to believe this, but I've not really reseached it myself. The people I know in Seattle who told me this seem to be knowledgeable enough to take their word. Do you know if they're correct?
slave_driver
May. 4th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
And the fact that these guys climbed everest without oxygen is truly astonishing! That is a rare feat, indeed. I've read two books about climbing Everest that are pretty good: Life on the Edge by Jim Whittaker, who was the first American to climb Everest, and Into Thin Air by John Kracaur(sp?) who was on a disastrous climb that cost a lot of climbers and a few sherpas their lives.

I like to read stories of people who climb above 20,000 ft, but Rainier at 14,000 ft will be enough of a challenge for me.
melissamuse
May. 4th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
If you read Krakauer's book, be sure and read Anatoli Boukreev's as well - The Climb, i think it is called. there are two sides to every story. though i have to say Krakauer's stuff about Pittman is very true. people like that should not be on the mountain. that was a very tragic year. i was listening in that year back when mountainzone.com did the best coverage and had daily dispatches. it was terribly sad.
these days there are people climbing without oxygen all the time...remember, all the sherpas do it. :) i think that is enough of a feat....i don't agree with all the kooky stuff people try these days. there is a guy trying it in shorts. i think it is disrespectful to the mountain.
melissamuse
May. 4th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
i understand Rainier is pretty technical, with some nasty icefalls.... i think its success rate is about 40-50%. i don't know about it being the largest.... but it may be, since it is really a huge glacier. i think volcanos definitely take the title for largest, rather than highest. there are two in hawaii that are quite large, but i can't remember the names. will have to google it :)
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