Some pressing questions

Has anyone been watching Everest: Beyond the Limit on the Discovery Channel? Sean and I got all caught up in the drama of it last year, and this year it was a highly anticipated show in our home.


It’s all so fascinating, watching these climbers test their bodies and press onward and upward. It seems crazy to me. But then again, I played soccer because I thought the boys who played soccer were cute, so what do I know about athletic commitment and determination.

1. Is anyone else completely surprised that Russell let Tim back up on the mountain after the stuff he pulled last year? I couldn’t believe it when they showed his mug in the previews for the season. And the previews for next week’s episode seems to suggest more of the same from him! Who pays tens of thousands of dollars for a stroll? He must get his money from sponsors…

2. Did Betsey REALLY think she was going to be able to summit? What was Russell’s first clue? When she put her ice climbing shoes on the wrong way and backwards?

3. And Mogens? I am just flat-out concerned about Mogens’ sanity. The man is trying, AGAIN, to summit without oxygen. I couldn’t give birth without oxygen, let alone climb a 30,000 foot mountain.

4. Did the altitude mess with David Tait’s reasoning? I can’t imagine the scale of what he is attempting: a double traverse – summiting, going down the other side and back up and down again. I am just so worried about him! (yeah, I know, it’s recorded; nothin’ I can do about the outcome…)

5. Finally – WHO CLIMBS A 30,000 foot MOUNTAIN BECAUSE OF A BET IN A BAR? I did look Rod up online, and he is a world record climber… but still. Most people are content to just do stupid belly tricks when drinking.

Would you climb Everest? Would you be okay if your spouse climbed it?

Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, I can’t believe there is a reality show I am missing!!

    To answer your questions: never and never ever. My husband and I listened to “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer on tape during a road trip a couple of years ago (great book) and that is as close to a sherpa as we ever intend to get.

  2. My hubby and I love this show. I do think that lady was crazy to think she could make it. And the double traverse… Oy.

    We LOVE this show… and no, I wouldn’t climb it. I just don’t have that in me!

  3. Karla, I haven’t watched the show (yet . . . but maybe I should). To answer your questions: NO and NO.
    Have a great day!

  4. My husband & I enjoy the madness of show Everest. We both have a fascination with Everest, we watched the IMAX movie and read several books on it and enjoy the series, but we would NEVER endure the craziness of climbing it. How fun can it be to be always out of breath, cold, and sick to your stomach not to mention risking death just for bragging rights since you are to oxygen deprived to really enjoy the summit if you even make it up there. Oh and the fact that it is so commercialized bothers me a bit not to mention they go up the north side which is much easier than the south, which allows novices to try. It is also upsetting how they are abusing the sherpas. Okay, I need to stop while I am slightly ahead, sorry to ramble. On a similar note, did you watch the series that just ended on Storm Chasers?

  5. I caught an episode of it, but didn’t realize it was a continueing thing. Mountain climbers and getting into their heads have always fascinated me. I guess because I just can’t fathom what drives these people to do what they do. So I guess my answers to your questions are No and NO.

  6. I have absolutely no desire to climb Everest and don’t understand people who do. I mean, there’s so many other, better things to do that would test your limits and endurance that would be more fun and more sane.

  7. I think that all mountain climbers are a little bit off….

  8. i’d like to think i would and could do it….but the truth is i’d get bored really fast. i’d be ok the first 2 hours and then i’d probably quit. :)

    i think i’d be ok if brian wanted to do it…just not around the time that our baby is due! that’s the only rule. :) (well the first one that i thought of anyway…)

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