In 1924, when the New York Times asked George Mallory why he was going to make his third attempt to scale Everest, he infamously, if apocryphally, answered, “Because it’s there.” It’s a fantastic reason to climb a mountain, pithy and cavalier, the kind of thing every man wishes would be inscribed on his tombstone.
Hey, for the last time, if you're climbing Mount Everest and you get into trouble, could you do the other climbers the courtesy of dying off the trail? Just crawl over to the side so that you're out of the way. Thanks. We wrote about this a while back, and it's happened again: A man who reached the summit of Mount…
Whenever someone asks us why we have never climbed Mount Everest, we always reply: too crowded. Seems these days as if the last mile to the summit is like a noontime line at Starbucks. But at least we figured that if we ever encountered trouble, there would be plenty of people around to help us out.