Going the distance

Johnson's Chart of Comparative Heights 1864

The 2009 spring ascent season on Mount Everest has just drawn to a close, with what may be more than 330 climbers managing to reach the summit of the mountain in this record-setting year. The march to the top of Everest is a fascinating phenomenon, not least for the entanglements of cultural values, political exigencies, and psychological contouring that are revealed in each individual bid to stand on the highest spot on earth. Continue reading