Thoughts from the desk of MATHIAS EICHLER

Helicopters on Everest?

Greg Veronvage, a Base Camp manager at the AAC gathering last weekend:

“I’m in favor of using helicopters to bypass the ice fall before April first,” he told me. “We’re taking in the ballpark of 70 loads—6,800 meters of rope, pickets, ice screws, tents, oxygen for Sherpas. We’re not talking about luxuries, we’re not bringing up espresso machines, rugs, and caviar.”

This is just the worst. But not surprising, I suppose.