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THE BROAD VIEW

Because it is there

The assault on Mount Everest has set off a backlash as tourist zones reclaim their pride and privacy.

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Over 4,800 people have climbed Mount Everest, a staggering number given the risks involved and the amount of time it took for the first human being to make that successful ascent. Almost 300 have died.

ON May 29, 1953 when Edmund Hillary (a reclusive Auckland bee-keeper) and his intrepid Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay emerged above the clouds to finally ruffle Mount Everest's 29,029-foot killer peak, it was the culmination of decades of romantic endeavour at the lung-bursting limits of human...

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