All content for this article courtesy of the June issue of National Geographic. For full article and more photos, click here.
The following is an excerpt from the May issue of National Geographic magazine:
Everest has always been a trophy, but now that almost 4,000 people have reached its summit, some more than once, the feat means less than it did a half century ago. Today roughly 90 percent of the climbers on Everest are guided clients, many without basic climbing skills. Having paid $30,000 to $120,000 to be on the mountain, too many callowly expect to reach the summit. A significant number do, but under appalling conditions. The two standard routes, the Northeast Ridge and the Southeast Ridge, are not only dangerously crowded but also disgustingly polluted, with garbage leaking out of the glaciers and pyramids of human excrement befouling the high camps. And then there are the deaths. Besides the four climbers who perished on the Southeast Ridge, six others lost their lives in 2012, including three Sherpas.
Clearly the world’s highest peak is broken. But if you talk to the people who know it best, they’ll tell you it’s not beyond repair.
Showers and thunderstorms may prevent NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 from being run without a weather-related delay on Sunday afternoon.
Heat and humidity will build back across the north-central United States early this week, setting the stage for another round of severe weather.
Areas from the Ohio Valley to the mid-Atlantic coastline pummeled by torrential downpours and damaging winds on Saturday should prepare for an encore event on Sunday.
Despite weakening, Tropical Rainstorm Fernanda will still bring rough surf, choppy seas and locally heavy downpours to Hawaii through Monday.
Two separate areas of severe weather erupted across the Midwest Friday evening into early Saturday morning.
The Detwiler Fire, which has burned more than 75,000 acres since last Sunday, has triggered evacuations and road closures throughout California’s Mariposa County.
An increase in soaking thunderstorms across the western United States this week will be beneficial for firefighters but could lead to other hazards.