“When asked in 1923 why one would aspire to climb Mount Everest, English mountaineer George Leigh Mallory uttered three immortal words: ‘Because it’s there.'” Well, these days, it seems like everyone is there. And that’s causing crowds, danger, and even deaths. The tragedy of Mount Everest.

+ “The problem hasn’t been avalanches, blizzards or high winds. Veteran climbers and industry leaders blame having too many people on the mountain, in general, and too many inexperienced climbers, in particular.” NYT: ‘It Was Like a Zoo’: Death on an Unruly, Overcrowded Everest.