Mount Everest just the world’s latest victim of tourist hordes

Definitely highlights the pitfalls of travel and tourist hordes thus making local travel much more appealing.

Robby Robin's Journey

Thought-provoking article by Kelly McParland in the National Post (May 29, 2019) follows in full, for starters.

‘Once, you travelled the world to see the world. Now, you travel to shoot the perfect selfie.

Tourists look at the view across the Grand Canal from the Rialto bridge on Sept. 9, 2011, in Venice, Italy.
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It might seem odd to equate a torturous climb in life-threatening conditions to the world’s highest peak with mass tourism, but that’s what the trek to the top of Mt. Everest has become.

A blind man climbed it. Disabled people have climbed it. An Australian paraplegic with a wheelchair did it. A 69-year-old double amputee from China reached the summit. An 84-year-old British grandmother vowed to at least make it to the base camp, and succeeded.

Like so many others who have headed off to Nepal, Edna Northrup chose to make the climb…

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