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Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain, standing at more than 29 thousand feet. It was once a place where only a few ever stood. Now there's a daily race to the top.
It's been nearly a month since Sir Edumund Hillary died. He was the first man to scale Mt. Everest, and during his lifetime, he saw the changes to the culture surrounding his sport and his mountain. Most say these are not changes for the better.
5 times as many people climb everest now as they did in 1996, the year Jon Krakauer's breakthrough book Into thin Air documentaed a tragic storm that killed eight climbers.
Today, where we live, a talk with Michael Kodas, who in 2004 - went on an everest expedition for the newspaper. He was to cover a group of Connecticut based climbers to the top - and what he found ended up in his book High Crimes: the fate of everest in an age of greed.
It tells the sad story of his broken expedition, and the blackmail and deciet that accomanies many climbs to the top.
Michael Kodas is speaking at the Green Street Arts Center in Middletown on Saturday, February 9 at 7pm.
Feb. 12, at the Old Saybrook Middle School, 7pm and at Real Art Ways Friday, February 8, from 7-9pm.
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