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(CNN)   10 are missing after an avalanche on Mount Everest. No word yeti on rescue efforts   (cnn.com) divider line 85
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2014-04-18 12:59:48 AM
It's hard to muster great sympathy for people who risk their life to climb a rock.

eightsummits.com

These people were apparently the guides and not the rich idiots who pay to be #257th climber of the day, but still - it's a rock.  Go risk your life for something meaningful, not climbing a rock.
 
2014-04-18 01:16:48 AM
Of course CNN breaks a "missing _____" news story.
 
2014-04-18 02:11:33 AM
I feel bad for the sherpas, who climb endlessly not for glory, but to feed their families. The climbers, no big deal.
 
2014-04-18 04:16:43 AM

syrynxx: Go risk your life for something meaningful, not climbing a rock.


Nicotine high or something autoerotic?
 
2014-04-18 07:19:35 AM

Marmilman: Of course CNN breaks a "missing _____" news story.


Missing height people?
 
2014-04-18 07:19:35 AM

Gig103: I feel bad for the sherpas, who climb endlessly not for glory, but to feed their families. The climbers, no big deal.


Yeah, and there's no way those poor bastards work for much more than peanuts as it is.
 
2014-04-18 07:20:18 AM

Triumph: Nicotine high or something autoerotic?


sparklemommy.com
 
2014-04-18 07:24:20 AM
Sherpas dying are a buzz kill.  Unless this is an appetizer for a massive death count to come when climbing season officially begins.  The more bodies, the more glory, the more climbers.  Rinse and repeat.

/Not as schadenfreude with the other mountains
 
2014-04-18 07:25:35 AM
cdn.coldfront.net
 
2014-04-18 07:27:19 AM
10? Zing! Norgay?
 
2014-04-18 07:28:44 AM
everyone who climbs it knows the risk, and it isn't just a rock to them.
 
2014-04-18 07:30:17 AM
I liked the headline. xD

/RIP crazy people and sherpas
 
2014-04-18 07:31:20 AM

syrynxx: [eightsummits.com image 472x327]


Jesus, it's like the lines at Disneyworld. Why would anyone want to spend that much money on something 1,000 other people have already done?
 
2014-04-18 07:34:06 AM

NutWrench: syrynxx: [eightsummits.com image 472x327]

Jesus, it's like the lines at Disneyworld. Why would anyone want to spend that much money on something 1,000 other people have already done?


Because it's there, dammit!!!
 
2014-04-18 07:35:21 AM

NutWrench: syrynxx: [eightsummits.com image 472x327]

Jesus, it's like the lines at Disneyworld. Why would anyone want to spend that much money on something 1,000 other people have already done?


Not that I don't agree with that sentiment, but in this particular case, it was a bunch of Sherpas fixing ropes in the Khumbu ice fall, which is notoriously dangerous, in preparation for the upcoming climbing season.

Sad story.
 
2014-04-18 07:47:35 AM
I think someone picked up one of their cell phones in Peru.

Will CNN go full Tsoukalos and suggest that they fell into some sort of stargate or dimensional portal.  After all, Mount Everest has been the sight of several UFO encounters, and could serve as a navigational beacon, as many ancient alien researchers theorize.
 
2014-04-18 07:48:21 AM
Put this guy on it!
news.asiaone.com
 
2014-04-18 07:48:47 AM
Drudge:  "Six killed in Everest avalanche."
Link to site: "At least 12 Nepalese guides killed in worst-ever Everest accident"
 
2014-04-18 07:52:02 AM

syrynxx: It's hard to muster great sympathy for people who risk their life to climb a rock.


My brother is talking about doing this. He's already scaled Pike's Peak 50 or so times. I really, really hate the idea. I mean a lot.

I realize there is some sense of accomplishment involved and I'm sure it's exhilarating. But, it's just too farking dangerous and there's plenty of other fascinating things one could be doing.

Why can't you boys play with teddy bears??

;-)
 
2014-04-18 07:57:02 AM
Perhaps the saddest thing is that, likely, none of the bodies will ever be returned home.
 
GBB
2014-04-18 07:59:42 AM
I've been on many expeditions to Everest.
upload.wikimedia.org
The lines are notoriously long.
 
2014-04-18 08:01:38 AM

phenn: syrynxx: It's hard to muster great sympathy for people who risk their life to climb a rock.

My brother is talking about doing this. He's already scaled Pike's Peak 50 or so times. I really, really hate the idea. I mean a lot.


As you should.  Pike's Peak does not have a death zone.  Has he climbed any other mountains at all, or does he just hike up that one and has convinced himself all mountain climbs are just like that?
 
2014-04-18 08:08:29 AM

phenn: syrynxx: It's hard to muster great sympathy for people who risk their life to climb a rock.

My brother is talking about doing this. He's already scaled Pike's Peak 50 or so times. I really, really hate the idea. I mean a lot.

I realize there is some sense of accomplishment involved and I'm sure it's exhilarating. But, it's just too farking dangerous and there's plenty of other fascinating things one could be doing.

Why can't you boys play with teddy bears??

;-)


Read Into Thin Air.  Wonderfully written and, in your case, it'll just increase your fears.  It's about a Mt. Everest hike gone awry.  The book is really good.
http://www.amazon.com/Into-Thin-Air-Personal-Disaster/dp/0385494785/ re f=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397822829&sr=1-1&keywords=into+thin+air
 
2014-04-18 08:09:18 AM

Triumph: syrynxx: Go risk your life for something meaningful, not climbing a rock.

Nicotine high or something autoerotic?


HELL YEAH.
 
2014-04-18 08:11:34 AM

NutWrench: syrynxx: [eightsummits.com image 472x327]

Jesus, it's like the lines at Disneyworld. Why would anyone want to spend that much money on something 1,000 other people have already done?


OMG like why would I ever want to run a marathon, compete in a triathlon, [fill in black for any PHYSICAL challenge].

You sound fat, lazy and unmotivated by personal accomplishments.
 
2014-04-18 08:12:05 AM
Dangerous, aloof, forbiding.  The mountain with the biggest tits in the world.

/start again
 
2014-04-18 08:14:21 AM

rikkitikkitavi: NutWrench: syrynxx: [eightsummits.com image 472x327]

Jesus, it's like the lines at Disneyworld. Why would anyone want to spend that much money on something 1,000 other people have already done?

OMG like why would I ever want to run a marathon, compete in a triathlon, [fill in black for any PHYSICAL challenge].

You sound fat, lazy and unmotivated by personal accomplishments.


Blank. Fill in the blank...
 
2014-04-18 08:19:18 AM

rikkitikkitavi: Blank. Fill in the blank...


I dunno.  I saw the "fill in the black for any PHYSICAL challenge" and thought, "Howard, is that you?  Howard Cosell?"

;)
 
2014-04-18 08:21:47 AM

DrunkenBob: phenn: syrynxx: It's hard to muster great sympathy for people who risk their life to climb a rock.

My brother is talking about doing this. He's already scaled Pike's Peak 50 or so times. I really, really hate the idea. I mean a lot.

As you should.  Pike's Peak does not have a death zone.  Has he climbed any other mountains at all, or does he just hike up that one and has convinced himself all mountain climbs are just like that?


There are actually techical ascents up pikes peak, that can be a good training ground for major ascents, but I wouldn't jump from there to Everest by any means.
 
2014-04-18 08:22:31 AM

DrunkenBob: phenn: syrynxx: It's hard to muster great sympathy for people who risk their life to climb a rock.

My brother is talking about doing this. He's already scaled Pike's Peak 50 or so times. I really, really hate the idea. I mean a lot.

As you should.  Pike's Peak does not have a death zone.  Has he climbed any other mountains at all, or does he just hike up that one and has convinced himself all mountain climbs are just like that?


No, there have been others. I just couldn't name them for you at the moment.

He's kind of one of these extra chromosome guys. Kick-boxer, marathoner, river guide, etc. All of which I find impressive at his age (52). I just wish he'd find a less life threatening pursuit than scaling Everest or McKinley. Both are on his bucket list.
 
2014-04-18 08:32:17 AM
They bought their ticket. I say, let em die


img.fark.net
 
2014-04-18 08:33:50 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Dangerous, aloof, forbiding.  The mountain with the biggest tits in the world.

/start again


Here you go:
www.hairlosshell.com
 
2014-04-18 08:35:21 AM

syrynxx: It's hard to muster great sympathy for people who risk their life to climb a rock.

[eightsummits.com image 472x327]

These people were apparently the guides and not the rich idiots who pay to be #257th climber of the day, but still - it's a rock.  Go risk your life for something meaningful, not climbing a rock.


Is it any easier to muster sympathy for men who walk out the door and face death in order to keep their family barely fed and clothed?  The Sherpas aren't doing it to impress their friends at the yacht club.
 
2014-04-18 08:40:52 AM

Gig103: I feel bad for the sherpas


Me too. Those dogs are so cute.
 
2014-04-18 08:42:41 AM
Sucks. I love the stories of Everest and if I did t have a family and had a year to train, six months for the actual journey and whatever it costs nowadays (60k or so) id love to try.

Doing it without oxygen is insanely difficult and dangerous. Even with oxygen its kind of easy to die up there.

Rip rob hall and many others.
 
2014-04-18 08:44:17 AM
Climbing a mountain that thousands of people have turned into a trash dump and toilet is no longer impressive to me. I met a guy that climbed it - kind of a freind of a friend of a friend. When I met the guy, that was one of the first things that got brought up, that he had "climbed Everest". I thought it was kind of douchbaggy.
 
2014-04-18 08:45:48 AM

rikkitikkitavi: You sound fat, lazy and unmotivated by personal accomplishments.


I am indeed. If my "accomplishments" don't provide something tangible after my efforts, I'm not doing it.

Building something, renovating something, creating something, restoring something, discovering something, that's impressive. Climbing a mountain is just a dangerous way of amusing yourself. Marathons, triathlons etc, they're also just ways of amusing yourself, but at least a bunch of sherpas don't have to die to help keep you amused. Personal achievements like that do nothing to improve the world in any way, so pat yourself on the back all you like, but don't expect anyone else to care.
 
2014-04-18 08:48:44 AM
Just a walk up a hill, right, Fark badasses?
 
2014-04-18 08:52:26 AM

xhavier_5478: DrunkenBob: phenn: syrynxx: It's hard to muster great sympathy for people who risk their life to climb a rock.

My brother is talking about doing this. He's already scaled Pike's Peak 50 or so times. I really, really hate the idea. I mean a lot.

As you should.  Pike's Peak does not have a death zone.  Has he climbed any other mountains at all, or does he just hike up that one and has convinced himself all mountain climbs are just like that?

There are actually techical ascents up pikes peak, that can be a good training ground for major ascents, but I wouldn't jump from there to Everest by any means.


There is also a road to the summit.  You can drive to the summit of Pike's Peak.  Everest - not so much.
 
2014-04-18 08:56:58 AM

Nidiot: rikkitikkitavi: You sound fat, lazy and unmotivated by personal accomplishments.

I am indeed. If my "accomplishments" don't provide something tangible after my efforts, I'm not doing it.

Building something, renovating something, creating something, restoring something, discovering something, that's impressive. Climbing a mountain is just a dangerous way of amusing yourself. Marathons, triathlons etc, they're also just ways of amusing yourself, but at least a bunch of sherpas don't have to die to help keep you amused. Personal achievements like that do nothing to improve the world in any way, so pat yourself on the back all you like, but don't expect anyone else to care.


I'll go out on a limb and venture you've done none of those things, either. But you're super quick to project your personal misgivings deploring someone else's accomplishments in order to feel better.

Put down the keyboard, and go run a mile or climb a hill. You'd be surprised what it does for your personal self worth. Much more than mouthing off in an online chat forum about how insignificant summitting the highest peak in the world is.
 
2014-04-18 08:59:40 AM

SlothB77: Just a walk up a hill, right, Fark badasses?


No, it's not. People die doing it, which is why people should stop trying to be the badass (dumb-ass more like it) that climbs Mt Everest. If it was a stroll up a hill that didn't cost a fortune and put at risk the lives of many people, just so one wanker can feel like a big man (along with all the others who have gone before him), have at it all you like.
 
2014-04-18 09:08:38 AM

Gig103: I feel bad for the sherpas, who climb endlessly not for glory, but to feed their families. The climbers, no big deal.


Yeah, this.  I hope no sherpas were among this missing/hurt/killed.  Tourists....meh.
 
2014-04-18 09:14:06 AM

HMS_Blinkin: Gig103: I feel bad for the sherpas, who climb endlessly not for glory, but to feed their families. The climbers, no big deal.

Yeah, this.  I hope no sherpas were among this missing/hurt/killed.  Tourists....meh.


Sadly, it was pretty much all Sherpas.

/agree with you
 
2014-04-18 09:16:15 AM
also, yeah it sucks it was the Sherpas.  They are doing it because of the limited other opportunities for work in Nepal and because it pays well - but it remains a very dangerous job.  I doubt these guys would be cavorting up and down Everest every year otherwise.

also, now because of this they will put a gondola in so that climbers can take that around the avalanches.  it is only a matter of time until you can get to the top via gondola or tram.  with lodges with pizza, burgers and chili (in a bread bowl, of course) and oxygen bars along the way.
 
2014-04-18 09:34:33 AM

rikkitikkitavi: Nidiot: rikkitikkitavi: You sound fat, lazy and unmotivated by personal accomplishments.

I am indeed. If my "accomplishments" don't provide something tangible after my efforts, I'm not doing it.

Building something, renovating something, creating something, restoring something, discovering something, that's impressive. Climbing a mountain is just a dangerous way of amusing yourself. Marathons, triathlons etc, they're also just ways of amusing yourself, but at least a bunch of sherpas don't have to die to help keep you amused. Personal achievements like that do nothing to improve the world in any way, so pat yourself on the back all you like, but don't expect anyone else to care.

I'll go out on a limb and venture you've done none of those things, either. But you're super quick to project your personal misgivings deploring someone else's accomplishments in order to feel better.

Put down the keyboard, and go run a mile or climb a hill. You'd be surprised what it does for your personal self worth. Much more than mouthing off in an online chat forum about how insignificant summitting the highest peak in the world is.


Your out on a limb venture is incorrect. Also my self worth is not dependent on either chat forums or climbing hills.

You can think the people who climb Everest are marvellous people who have achieved greatness. I'll continue to think they are a bunch of people who have done no more than a lot of other people, and as a result are nothing terribly special, except that they have the added bonus of putting other people's lives at risk just for their own amusement, which shows a lack of respect for others that I am not impressed with.

I'm not required to like or agree with your opinions, and you are not required to like or agree with mine, but we still get to have them regardless.

Also, since your initial appearance in this thread was to call someone else "fat, lazy and unmotivated" it's amusing that you complain of my "mouthing off". If there is to be some biatching going on, everyone gets to have a go, it's only fair.
 
2014-04-18 09:36:12 AM

Krustofsky: Here you go: [christinahendrix.jpg]


Thank you, sir.

/Pardon me, need to go rub one out.  Back soon.
 
2014-04-18 09:40:40 AM
I was really hoping it was the dumbshiat who is going to jump off Mt Everest in a wingsuit. Now I'm sad because it was the Sherpa trying to make a living.
 
2014-04-18 09:51:04 AM
Avalanche is better than no lanche at all!
 
2014-04-18 10:17:37 AM

bikerbob59: Drudge:  "Six killed in Everest avalanche."
Link to site: "At least 12 Nepalese guides killed in worst-ever Everest accident"


So the linked story updated while drudge hadn't yet?
 
2014-04-18 10:20:52 AM

JK8Fan: Climbing a mountain that thousands of people have turned into a trash dump and toilet is no longer impressive to me. I met a guy that climbed it - kind of a freind of a friend of a friend. When I met the guy, that was one of the first things that got brought up, that he had "climbed Everest". I thought it was kind of douchbaggy.


My guess is that 99.9% of people who climbed Everest will let you know about it within the first few minutes of talking to them.
 
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