/ Half a million pounds to climb Everest
Didnt mean 500,000 for a seven summits deal or somesuch instead?
Be interested to see that article. If it's true it wouldn't be that surprising - it's a short step from advertising electronic gadgets in the mountains to hanging out with the rich eating sushi in the mountains and going on about how great it is.
The clear implication is that that's what's being charged for a 'one-on-one' guided trip to Everest. He's quoted as saying 'mid six figures, sterling.'
But the article is clearly written by somebody who knows nothing about climbing - witness the comments about the Forbes Arete in the Mont Blanc Massif, or those about the 'Everest Horseshoe.' I *hope* the article is an unfair representation of the interviewee - but we can only go by what we read.
> The clear implication is that that's what's being charged for a 'one-on-one' guided trip to Everest. He's quoted as saying 'mid six figures, sterling.'
> I *hope* the article is an unfair representation of the interviewee - but we can only go by what we read.
I haven't read it, but even for one-on-one 'mid six figures' is still rubbish, even for the entire cost of a private Everest expedition with your own permit.
If an experienced guide gets home from Everest with US$30,000 nett, after all expenses and taxes etc, then they are doing very well. Some get less than this, I can think of only a few that might get more.
I can see this:
"Youíve got the yacht, youíve got the mansion. What next? One of Britainís leading climbers has revealed that for those unwilling to pay £50,000 to slum it with commercial clients at Base Camp, he now offers one-on-one guiding up Everest for about £500,000."
Says he offers it, not that he's got it. If he casts his line and hooks some idiot who pays that, good on him. But that's more of a bizarre lottery win than anything to do with any existing commercial mountaineering expedition.
Now, 1.5M Sterling for an Antarctic expedition - that I DO know of...
All that said, I agree with the post and the article didn't show him in the best light...albeit a light where he has a nice house and brand new Landrover Discovery!
It's in the Times, He's probably just fishing for clientele
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