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Mountaineering: Height Doesn't Matter | National Geographic

Mountaineering: Height Doesn't Matter | National Geographic



Cutting-edge climbers have turned away from Everest and the 8,000-meter trophy peaks in search of virgin terrain. It’s not the height of a peak; it’s the sheer difficulty. It’s jokingly referred to as “Disaster Style” — the world’s best alpine climbers are figuring out how to do more with less. A lot less.
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38 comments

  1. Came for mountaineering.
    Turned out to be about some daredevil.
    Nothing gained from this.

  2. True alpine climbing is a very rare splinter of mountaineering. Having spent over 20 years pursuing it, with 90% of my climbs being free, solo, winter ascents, I say confidently that it is the most pure way of alpine mountaineering.

  3. Everest became just a tourist spot. But that doesn’t mean it is easy to climb. You can just hire a very experienced sherpa to climb the mountain. Also logistics in khumbu valley is much better than anywhere else, which means you have an easy access to all the supplies needed. Lessons learned here? Economy!!! Whether you like it or not, when money is severely involved, you can solve the problem with just money.

  4. Reminds me of Jon Krakauer's account of his climb of Devil's Thumb.

  5. dont lie, he doesnt climb everest because he cant afford to waste so much money on it xDD

  6. This is millennials for you be safe not sorry

  7. Interesting point of view. Still wouldn't call Everest a walk in the park…

  8. Bro what a life must be amazing to accomplish something like this 🤩🙃

  9. Ignoring everyone's disdain towards Colin, all I have to say is: Fitz Cahall!!

  10. I know a world mountaineering council expedition leader of everest. He's done 11/12 amazing mountain ranges. This is a walk in the park like he said. Baby steps really. I laugh at all of them at base camp thinking they doing the real Everest unaided and without oxygen. Get there n it's more like a tour group lol.

  11. He’s talking about the technical aspects of climbing. Relax

  12. I think he's comparing rock climbing to mountaineering… Pretty sure the skills are a little different
    Rock climbing: navigating edges + unpredictable weather
    Mountains with height (aka. the 8000s): adjusting to altitude + unpredictable weather

  13. It's not the climbing that kills people on Everest, it's the altitude, avalanches, and lack of oxygen in the death zone that kills. A case of HAPE or HACE up on Everest can ruin your whole trip and possibly kill you if you can't descend fast enough.

  14. Ueli Steck probably the best speed climber died on Everest last year. What makes Everest hard is the height because you're in the "death zone" for so long. I get what he's saying but don't agree.

  15. Mountaineering over 8,000m, wether technical or not, is never something that should be taken lightly and I'm disappointed that NatGeo would publish something so misleading about Everest. I understand what he is saying to a degree, but taken out of context it is a gross misrepresentation of the dangers of Everest, which are largely inherent dangers of high altitude mountaineering. Granted no disrespect meant to this guy who is clearly extremely capable in the aspects of technical mountaineering, but regardless of what makes Everest dangerous it is still just that.

  16. This is a stupid video. He basically said he enjoyed making an error in judgement and getting himself into trouble. He can only say that because he survived. No respect for gravity. One day he won't survive. Something tells me he is fine with that. Death Wish. Not my climbing partner.

  17. This is badass please check us out!

  18. size does matter it's the difference in size that will give you brain damage you have to be extremely careful smart

  19. Lol garage band flute loop

  20. Ask any pro who has made the summit of all 8000 M peaks and they will tell you compared to K2 and Annapurna, Everest is a cakewalk. If you have $50,000+ to burn and are in good shape you can summit Everest. The #1 reason people die on Everest is because they are inexperienced losers that have no business being on the mountain is the first place. K2 is the Holy grail of mountain climbing and 90% of the turds that climb Everest would die on K2. Ask anybody who has climbed both I have!!

  21. Everyone has their reasons for climbing. Ed Viesturs is my mountaineering role model.

  22. This is stupid. I was looking for something about actual mountaineering, not some sensational nonsense about thrill-seekers.

  23. These people are NUTS, respect

  24. That may be true of Everest but it's not certainly not true of K2 which has both the high altitude dangers of Everest and technical difficulty of the climb itself.

  25. Pretty disrespectful to the dead to say Everest is a "walk in the hills". No real mountaineer takes risk lightly, and to say Everest is a walk in the hills shows either immaturity or inexperience.

  26. Ronnie & reggie didn't like mountaineering " fuck that for a day out " reg once said .

  27. He's partially right. Everest isn't the hardest climb – techically. What makes it hard it's the conditions – lack of O2, cold.. you have to be fit and mentally tough, but you don't need to posses a great amount of techical skills. There are people who have climbed Everest and didn't even know how to put the crampons on their shoes at the beginning of the climb..

  28. The top of Everest is littered with people who thought "Everest was a hike in the hills"

  29. He should try Meru. Good luck with that.

  30. He should climb with gear from the 1930s

  31. This is misleading and wholly irresponsible. Everest and any 8000+ climb might not be technical but the altitude makes excessively difficult. It demands all of your body: aerobic, anaerobic and physiologically. Otherwise we would all be on Everest

  32. I'm not sure what these people are trying to prove. When they die, it's not unexpected or heavily mourned by the public. Why risk death for recreation?

  33. I'm not happy with the "peak bagging" mentality, which treats nature as just another excuse to test out new gear or something people must conquer, as if enough conquering hasn't been done. It's like trophy hunting animals in some ways. What's wrong with just letting those high peaks stand alone as places free of human intrusion? A lot of mountains are already trashed by too many climbers and their waste.

  34. Height doesn't matter!? WTF?  I would argue that climbing 8000m peaks without bottled O2 is the most difficult.  Anyone can push hard for a couple of days, but doing it for weeks when you're sleep deprived and starving for oxygen requires a whole different level of mental toughness.

  35. Get expert instruction, but for starters, read Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, 8th edition.

  36. if he does it, it's a very tough climb. if someone besides himself does a climb, then it is no accomplishment. Is it just me, or are many of these climbers jerks. they seem to enjoy and crave the attention of the spotlight more than the fun and adventure of the sport or activity.

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