Discussion in 'Current Events' started by JesseJames, Apr 7, 2004.

  1. JesseJames macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2003
    How'd I get here? How can I leave?
  2. Mantat macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2003
    Montréal (Canada)
    Reinold Meisner (spelling wrong for sure) he is probably the most popular. But a simple google search would have got you more result...

    And what is the obsession of people about K2 ? First its the wrong name of the mountain and even noow, people still think its the tallest mountain on earth while in fact its the Cotopaxi or Everest. Depending of your definition of 'tallest'...

    Easy question: How can the Cotopaxi be the tallest mountain on earth?
  3. coopdog macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2002
    The Great Midwest
    Yes, He also is the only person to summit Everest twice in a week. I know him pretty well. Why?
  4. Frohickey macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2003
    You know, if we had man-portable Buck Rogers backpacks, everyone would have been up Everest by now.

    That, or the Helo-car. :p
  5. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc

    good grief, who don't you know... every time i open a thread about anything, its coopdog rattling off the names of the people he knows... :rolleyes:

    edit: nevermind... i guess you only said you were gonna have a party for some prime minister

    i wanna climb a mountain
  6. Inspector Lee macrumors 6502a

    Inspector Lee

    Jan 24, 2004
    East Lansing, MI
    I don't know that Messner climbed Everest twice in one week but... he and Peter Habeler were the first to ascend Everest without supplemental oxygen back in the 70s. He also summited all fourteen 8,000 meter peaks in the world without oxygen (1st to do so) and did them all in cat-quick "alpine style" including a solo ascent of K2 while his girlfriend and a buddy kept base camp for 3-4 days. Messner was and still is the **** of mountaineering.

    What makes K2 (aka "Mount Godwin-Austen") so difficult is the 110-mile hike out from the last road to the base of the mountain. That, in itself, is an adventure for most people. Furthermore, the porters for hire (Baltis) have nowhere near the skills, dedication and work-ethic of the Sherpas of Everest lore. Jim Whittaker (1st American on Everest in '63) led a massive K2 expedition in '75 that failed miserably due to Balti strikes and internal strife. I believe they topped out at 21,000 feet - well short of the 28,000+ summit of K2. Photography Galen Rowell (Note: Mac guy) wrote a book called "In The Throne Room of The Mountain Gods" which details this expedition and previous ones.

    Probably the most famous name to attempt K2 was Aleister Crowley - the 666 dude.

    Sorry for the soapbox and the longwindedness.
  7. coopdog macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2002
    The Great Midwest
    I'm sorry gwu you ain't got **** on me. :cool:

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