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High Crimes by Michael Kodas
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Aug 15, 2011

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bookshelves: true-adventure, true-crime
Read from August 15 to 25, 2011

An interesting read on the current nature and dangers of climing Everest, most of which are due to pure human greed. It shows a shocking--and yet not all that surprising--change from the books written only a decade or so ago about expeditions to the peak. If you used to think folks driven to climb like this were a bit insane, I think this book will confirm your suspicions. When you start to realize that more people die every season from man-made issues (theft of equipment, shoddy equipment sold at a mark-up, in-fighting and refusals to help fellow climbers) than died in that one famous freak storm back in the 1990s (ala Into Thin Air), it's a very sobering thought. It just shows why our own nature tends to destroy everything beautiful.

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