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    We have an annual college football thread, and an annual college basketball thread. Might as well start this one.

    https://katu.com/news/nation-world/u...-mount-everest
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    Also, over 200 people have died taking selfies. That could be its own thread too. You could narrow it down by limiting it to Grand Canyon.
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    There is something really, really wrong with this picture:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...=.7f0b056e8417
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrJay View Post
    There is something really, really wrong with this picture:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...=.7f0b056e8417
    Good grief! Worse than the lines on the day after Thanksgiving.
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    Two mountaineers have died on Mount Everest after crowds of people became stuck in a queue leading to the summit of the world's highest mountain.
    Indian climber Anjali Kulkarni, 55, died on her way back from climbing to the summit of Mount Everest on Wednesday, her son Shantanu Kulkarni told CNN. She had become stuck in the "traffic jam" above camp four, which, at 8,000 meters (26,247 feet), is the final camp before the summit.
    American mountaineer Donald Lynn Cash, 55, also died Wednesday after fainting from high altitude sickness while descending from the summit, according to the Nepalese expedition company Pioneer Adventure Pvt. Ltd.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/24/a...m_source=twCNN
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    That plan worked out well...

    "Cash, who described himself as “a kick-ass sales executive, husband, father and grandpa” on Facebook, was on what he said was a “Seven Summits Sabbatical.” He had reached the penultimate peak on his list, Antarctica’s Vinson Massif, in January."

    My Dad lived to 105.... fortunately he wasn't a narcissistic nut...

    His children told CNN affiliate KSL-TV that he had died after achieving his goal of summiting the highest mountain on every continent.

    "The last message he sent to me, he said 'I feel so blessed to be on the mountain that I read about for the last 40 years,'" his son Tanner Cash told KSL. His body will likely remain on Everest.
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    This is insane....

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    Cash's FB page is so much hubris. Includes a bit that says "God gives us only what we can handle. Apparently God thinks I'm a bad-ass". To which a friend replied "Don can conquer death".

    I'm reminded of Jeff Goldblum's character's quote from Jurassic Park: "The lack of humility before nature being displayed here, uh, staggers me."
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    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...mount-everest/

    "If you look at the bio-data of most Everest aspirants, they do a basic mountaineering course, a climb of Stok Kangri (a 6000 m trekking peak in Ladakh) maybe some other easy 6000 metre peak and think they are ready to climb Everest. Of course, it’s possible because a travel agent has organised all your logistics, a sherpa team has fixed all the ropes, your personal Sherpa pitches your tent, makes your food and prepares your water. He even carries your oxygen cylinders, sets the rate of oxygen, tells you when to walk, when to stop, feeds you, changes your diaper, gets you into your sleeping bag, tells you what to wear, checks your harness and the rest of the routine when it comes to climbing. But what happens when the going gets tough for the Sherpa, when there’s a sudden change of weather, or he gets separated from you? What happens when your Sherpa falls into a crevasse, slips, looses his crampon or any of the other unforeseen things that happen on mountains. You are finished because you have no experience, haven’t bothered to learn to look after your self, certainly not others."
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    The book, Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer, should be required reading for anyone who aspires to climb Everest.
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