This is the Line to Get to the Top of Mount Everest

11 people have died this year climbing Mount Everest

The world's tallest peak, which is always dangerous, and always (recently) crowded has seen huge crowds and long lines to get to the top.

People HUGE sums of money and years of their life to make their Everest dreams a reality - and will do anything to get to the top.

An article from the New York Times describes the chaotic scene:

Climbers were pushing and shoving to take selfies. The flat part of the summit, which he estimated at about the size of two Ping-Pong tables, was packed with 15 or 20 people. To get up there, he had to wait hours in a line, chest to chest, one puffy jacket after the next, on an icy, rocky ridge with a several-thousand foot drop.

He even had to step around the body of a woman who had just died.

“It was scary,” he said by telephone from Kathmandu, Nepal, where he was resting in a hotel room. “It was like a zoo.”

 

You can see more about what's happening below.

If you are AT ALL interested in an amazing book about a similarly deadly year on Everest. You gotta check out 'Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer - easily one of the most compelling books I've ever read

 

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