Climbers line up for hours to reach the summit of Mount Everest on May 22. Photo: @nimsdai Project Possible via AFP
Gregory Reck
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Gregory Reck

The real tragedy behind the Everest traffic jam: climate catastrophe and the capitalist malaise at the heart of contemporary life

  • Everest is one in a long list of indigenous holy sites that have become commodified and sold to the wealthy. While these experiences are packaged as a chance to get closer to nature, the underlying theme is of conquest

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Climbers line up for hours to reach the summit of Mount Everest on May 22. Photo: @nimsdai Project Possible via AFP
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This startling photograph of a human traffic jam that stranded climbers for hours on a ridge below the summit of Mt Everest illustrate a disaster waiting to happen. Photo: AFP Photo / Project Possible
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Now time for crowd control on Everest

  • Photos of people lining up to reach the world’s highest peak illustrate a disaster waiting to happen and, with 11 dead so far, safety measures must be taken by both climbers and expedition organisers

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This startling photograph of a human traffic jam that stranded climbers for hours on a ridge below the summit of Mt Everest illustrate a disaster waiting to happen. Photo: AFP Photo / Project Possible
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