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2021-05-22 12:20:09 PM  
Well, everyone is jammed into a few tents at night all breathing the same air. It's coronavirus soup.
 
2021-05-22 12:21:51 PM  
Pretty soon Mount Everest will be littered with corpses.
 
2021-05-22 12:23:06 PM  

RolfBlitzer: Pretty soon Mount Everest will be littered with corpses.


More corpses for the Ganges.
 
2021-05-22 12:32:47 PM  
Forget about a bunch of people that had a choice of being in that location? Any one of them could have said 'Nah, I'll wait a year.'

My sympathy meter for them is 42 below zero.
 
2021-05-22 12:33:07 PM  
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2021-05-22 12:34:03 PM  
It's strange to see the US trying to return to normal, when this pandemic is not really over. I'm in Massachusetts, and I see people out everywhere like it's no big deal. The mask requirement is being lifted statewide, but I wouldn't mind continuing to wear one.
 
2021-05-22 12:35:21 PM  

maxandgrinch: Forget about a bunch of people that had a choice of being in that location? Any one of them could have said 'Nah, I'll wait a year.'

My sympathy meter for them is 42 below zero.


Uh some of them live there
 
2021-05-22 12:42:39 PM  

skinink: It's strange to see the US trying to return to normal, when this pandemic is not really over. I'm in Massachusetts, and I see people out everywhere like it's no big deal. The mask requirement is being lifted statewide, but I wouldn't mind continuing to wear one.


Then keep wearing one?
 
2021-05-22 12:44:00 PM  

strathmeyer: maxandgrinch: Forget about a bunch of people that had a choice of being in that location? Any one of them could have said 'Nah, I'll wait a year.'

My sympathy meter for them is 42 below zero.

Uh some of them live there


Yeah, I feel for the locals who need these expeditions to feed their families. The dopey whites who are still going to try for the summit even though they might have Covid? Not so much
 
2021-05-22 12:44:45 PM  
There probably isn't much else that Sherpa guides can do to earn an honest buck. If they get a long haul case or have any lung damage after recovering from the 'rona that will likely put them out of work permanently. A small price to pay so rich people can get the ultimate adrenaline rush of conquering Everest, eh?
 
2021-05-22 12:54:27 PM  
Stupid stupid stupid
 
2021-05-22 12:56:08 PM  

skinink: It's strange to see the US trying to return to normal, when this pandemic is not really over. I'm in Massachusetts, and I see people out everywhere like it's no big deal. The mask requirement is being lifted statewide, but I wouldn't mind continuing to wear one.


At this point, though, you have to admit that it's a matter of your personal comfort rather than science or medical advice.  Which I perfectly understand.  This pandemic has been an emotionally traumatic event for a good many people and I understand that some people just don't want to give up the added feeling of safety that wearing a mask gives them.

There's also the social aspect of it, where many people have been assuming for a year now that anyone not wearing a mask was some kind of COVID-denying MAGAT and possibly an existential threat to them personally by simply breathing.  I can understand not wanting to be mistaken for one of those.  People are going to need time to shift their perceptions, particularly since this shift to "Well, the vaccinated don't need to wear a mask anymore in most circumstances" was kind of abrupt.
 
2021-05-22 12:59:31 PM  
What kind of moron goes to Nepal during a monstrous outbreak to do something that is purely for personal satisfaction? I have a Nepalese coworker whose family is being laid low by covid, and and here these idiots go, straining the country's resources even more for no good reason.
 
2021-05-22 1:01:04 PM  
shoulda got their hair done first
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2021-05-22 1:10:02 PM  
That sounds like an absolutely wonderful activity when you might have a virus that makes breathing more difficult.
 
2021-05-22 1:21:12 PM  

fragMasterFlash: There probably isn't much else that Sherpa guides can do to earn an honest buck. If they get a long haul case or have any lung damage after recovering from the 'rona that will likely put them out of work permanently. A small price to pay so rich people can get the ultimate adrenaline rush of conquering Everest, eh?


Was reading an article last night about the Sherpas' dilemma.  There are incredible athletes among them, one just made his 25th summit of Everest.  Others do it because it's all there is.   If they don't get the 6000.00 to 8000.00 they'd make this year, they literally fear their families starving.   Many don't really want to do the high altitude work, but feel they have no choice.
 
2021-05-22 1:22:23 PM  
A virus spread by droplets from your face holes, combined with an environment where a large number of people are constantly coughing, the kumbu cough, and many are going into an environment where their lung health is extremely important to their short term prospects...

There just aren't enough facepalms to go around.
 
2021-05-22 1:24:05 PM  
You put yourself there during a pandemic, ride it out.
 
2021-05-22 1:25:42 PM  
If only there had been a way to avoid being there...
 
2021-05-22 1:32:23 PM  
That's what I'd want. To get up to the south col and come down with Covid symptoms. Might as well bring a gun and off yourself.
 
2021-05-22 1:34:52 PM  

foo monkey: skinink: It's strange to see the US trying to return to normal, when this pandemic is not really over. I'm in Massachusetts, and I see people out everywhere like it's no big deal. The mask requirement is being lifted statewide, but I wouldn't mind continuing to wear one.

Then keep wearing one?


And suffer the Wrath of Tucker and his Zombie Hordes? I think not!
 
2021-05-22 1:41:15 PM  
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This is going to be a thread where farkers belittle those climbing Mount Everest
 
2021-05-22 1:41:28 PM  

geekbikerskum: skinink: It's strange to see the US trying to return to normal, when this pandemic is not really over. I'm in Massachusetts, and I see people out everywhere like it's no big deal. The mask requirement is being lifted statewide, but I wouldn't mind continuing to wear one.

At this point, though, you have to admit that it's a matter of your personal comfort rather than science or medical advice.  Which I perfectly understand.  This pandemic has been an emotionally traumatic event for a good many people and I understand that some people just don't want to give up the added feeling of safety that wearing a mask gives them.

There's also the social aspect of it, where many people have been assuming for a year now that anyone not wearing a mask was some kind of COVID-denying MAGAT and possibly an existential threat to them personally by simply breathing.  I can understand not wanting to be mistaken for one of those.  People are going to need time to shift their perceptions, particularly since this shift to "Well, the vaccinated don't need to wear a mask anymore in most circumstances" was kind of abrupt.


It was nice not getting a cold or flu this year.  I'm probably going to wear a mask from October to May going forward.
 
2021-05-22 1:54:05 PM  

RolfBlitzer: Pretty soon Mount Everest will be littered with corpses.


It already is. When people die on Everest, it's often too dangerous to retrie... Ohhhhh
 
2021-05-22 1:55:19 PM  

Cormee: [Fark user image image 640x480]

This is going to be a thread where farkers belittle those climbing Mount Everest


If you go mountain climbing during a farking pandemic, you probably deserve it.
 
2021-05-22 2:12:00 PM  

maxandgrinch: Forget about a bunch of people that had a choice of being in that location? Any one of them could have said 'Nah, I'll wait a year.'

My sympathy meter for them is 42 below zero.


I feel sorry for the sherpas. The tourists can go rot.

/Good luck "motivating" your subordinates at work with your tales of climbing Everest when you're wheezing like a bagpipe the whole time.
 
2021-05-22 2:28:36 PM  
These are people who will pay a princely sum to stand in line on top of a mountain.
 
2021-05-22 2:51:27 PM  
I don't feel any sympathy.  They knew coronavirus would be there at elevated levels.
 
2021-05-22 2:54:38 PM  
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2021-05-22 3:02:20 PM  

typerrrrrrrr: A virus spread by droplets from your face holes, combined with an environment where a large number of people are constantly coughing, the kumbu cough, and many are going into an environment where their lung health is extremely important to their short term prospects...

There just aren't enough facepalms to go around.


Yep, there is not a worse place to have your lungs compromised.  Not to mention you are far, far from any but th most rudimentary medical care.  At altitude where oxygen is already scarce making any loss of function potentially fatal.  Even if you are vaccinated, this really isn't the year to make that attempt.
 
2021-05-22 3:32:30 PM  

zeroman987: It was nice not getting a cold or flu this year. I'm probably going to wear a mask from October to May going forward.


Yeah, I can see that.  I hope that one of the lasting behaviors from this pandemic is that we normalize mask wearing in the West the way it is in Asian countries, if you think you might be sick, or even if you're just more worried than average about being exposed to something.
 
2021-05-22 8:14:39 PM  

flamesfan: RolfBlitzer: Pretty soon Mount Everest will be littered with corpses.

More corpses for the Ganges.


Nepal, not India.
 
2021-05-22 9:32:47 PM  
Climbing Everest with Sherpas and all this modern support is no great feat. It is an environmental disaster. It should end. The Sherpas will find other work.

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2021-05-23 1:43:24 AM  

fragMasterFlash: There probably isn't much else that Sherpa guides can do to earn an honest buck. If they get a long haul case or have any lung damage after recovering from the 'rona that will likely put them out of work permanently. A small price to pay so rich people can get the ultimate adrenaline rush of conquering Everest, eh?


I don't understand how anyone can take this whole business seriously in the modern day. Now that Sherpas are recognized as equally human as their clients, it's ridiculous that not dying while being figuratively carried by a team of much more able mountaineers is regarded as an accomplishment.
 
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