The difference is the 14 year old who climbed Everest wasn't doing it alone. If they had a problem there was someone right next to them to help.
If you get into real trouble at those altitudes with night falling and/or bad weather, anyone who tries to help you may be only adding to the casualty count. Despite the tourist trade coming into vogue in the climbing of Everest, it is still a dangerous undertaking where things can go terribly wrong in a hurry with no hope of any help. I would love to do it myself, but when I heard about the kid doing it my first thought was "What are this kid's parents thinking?".
Try reading "Into Thin Air" by John Krakauer.
"There are five real good recruits in the state. We got three of them. One couldn’t get into school, and the other went to (the University of) Iowa...which is about the same thing." - Coach Johnny Orr
For sure. I don't think my parents would let me sail around the world alone and I'm 24. Anyone who cared about this girl should have never let her go. I remember reading about this when it came out and I thought it was a dumb idea then.
Do your parents "let" you come home after it's dark? Or do you get time-out if you happen to be come home late?
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