If you fancy an ascent, you’ll encounter long queues, a whopping fee and tonnes of human faeces

Fancy a crack at climbing Everest? Don’t bother. As far as the highest mountain on Earth is concerned, we have reached peak peak. That at least was the opinion of Chris Bonington, 83, speaking at the Hay literary festival about his new autobiography, Ascent. The book details his four expeditions to the mountain: two on the fearsome south-west face, the second successful; a tragic attempt on the north-east ridge, when his friends Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker disappeared; and a final, triumphant trip to the summit in 1985 with the Norwegian businessman, Arne Naess Jr.

Thank God I don’t have to go back there

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