/ Books on Everest and personal reactions
Because it is the highest point on earth. Some people can afford it. Some people want to climb technical routes on it. Others just want to tick it.
Because it's there?
My cousin, Edmund Hillaire Num Num definitely did not want to climb it, and at the time he actually thought that he had signed up for some double glazing so he was glad to get down in one piece.
Not to say I don't like a good bit of suffering in the hills now and then, but I like to end the day with my feet up watching telly. ;)
I was pretty obsessed by Everest as a kit, but have no interest in it at all now, thing is of course it is the Everest of Hillary, Tensing, Hornbeam, Scott and Haston I was obsessed with not he modern commercial Everest that was yet to exist. Plus having experienced more modest altitudes, 8000m+ really doesn't sound like fun.
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