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By Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
Jul 12, 2013
Cleo's Needle

Better yet, pay someone else to bolt it for you.

Amazing feats for the lowest common denominators

Golf Clap!


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By Woodchuck ATC
Jul 12, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

The Hillary Step is going to become a 3 lane fixture soon. One permanent ladder bolted in place for going up, a middle double fixed rope lane for those who care to challenge themselves, and the third full time rappel station with several new fixed ropes placed every couple seasons in place for teams to descend en'mass. No sense in making it any harder than it has to be, since the goal is to take in huge fees and ship hundreds of clients up the hill each and every day of May summit season.


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By michaeltarne
Jul 12, 2013

I've never really been anywhere near Everest, so I don't know if my opinion is really worth anything. But the huge numbers on the mountain aren't going to stop or slow down any time soon, so if this manages to make it all a little safer I think it's probably a good idea.


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By jim.dangle
Jul 12, 2013

Why don't they just take rich westerners up in palanquins and get it over with.

Insulated palanquins with lots of Red Bull stickers on them of course.


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By Nick Stayner
From The Magic City
Jul 12, 2013
Nick Stayner near the crux. Ryan Minton photo.

When I saw the title, I thought this was going to be a post about Tensleep. Disappointed....


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By Woodchuck ATC
Jul 12, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Yeah, this is the Nepal version of over-bolting wars and abuse around the world.


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By CJC
Jul 12, 2013

this might help. a little. until the raps are choked with descending noobs, then the same old problem will return.


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By Bob Dobalina
Jul 12, 2013

Everest is for chumps...


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By Brent Apgar
From Out of the Loop
Jul 12, 2013
Me and Spearhead

So we're talking via ferrata... I'm not into the cold, I'm waiting til there's a hut on top before I pony up.


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By Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
Jul 12, 2013
Cleo's Needle

Woodchuck ATC wrote:
The Hillary Step is going to become a 3 lane fixture soon. One permanent ladder bolted in place for going up, a middle double fixed rope lane for those who care to challenge themselves, and the third full time rappel station with several new fixed ropes placed every couple seasons in place for teams to descend en'mass. No sense in making it any harder than it has to be, since the goal is to take in huge fees and ship hundreds of clients up the hill each and every day of May summit season.


When does the Jazzee ramp go in?


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By Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Jul 12, 2013
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination Rock

The summit of Everest is a tourist destination. There are more exclusive summits right here in Oregon. No point getting bent out of shape about it anymore. That mountain is already tainted.


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By Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Jul 12, 2013
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination Rock

Brent Apgar wrote:
So we're talking via ferrata... I'm not into the cold, I'm waiting til there's a hut on top before I pony up.


I don't think rap anchors count as via ferrata... but I'm also surprised that mountain hasn't been via ferrata'd yet. Yet.


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By Austin Baird
From SLC, Utah
Jul 12, 2013
Me scaring years off my mom's life

"3 Fixe Hardware Stainless Steel ⅜ inch Bolts with IMG's Bosch 36v hammer drill"

Product placement dollars!


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By rging
From Salt Lake City, Ut
Jul 12, 2013
CoR

Trundle that F-ing ladder and be done with it.


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By Allen Sanderson
From Oootah
Jul 12, 2013

At that altitude most are probably not coherent enough to set their rap or will forgot their rap device.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Jul 12, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Allen Sanderson wrote:
At that altitude most are probably not coherent enough to set their rap or will forgot their rap device.



well there are usually tons of old lines hanging around at that point to use; question is do you trust them or put up your own 7-8mm rope for the rappel. Some expeditions set thousands of feet of fixed rope...I can't imagine all that work. Alpine fast ascents are my kind of fun.


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By Xam
From Boulder, Co
Jul 12, 2013

rging...the ladder is on the Tibet side, not the Hillary step


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