Even if you're not the outdoorsy type, you don't have to listen to your neighbor's car alarm going off for very long before you imagine what life would be like in some beautiful, quiet place, unspoiled by humans. No crowds, no lines, no broken beer bottles anywhere.
After all, with corporations and reality shows getting their dirty fingers all over everything these days, it's comforting to know that there are some places on earth modern man still hasn't cheapened and ruined yet. Well, that's what you think until you get there, and see how long the line is to get in.
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If you climb Mt. Everest, you're forever known as a badass. Impossibly high, impossibly cold and utterly inhospitable to humans, when you reach the peak you know you're one of a scant few members of the species to survive it.
Well ... that was true at one time. Now? the entirety of Mt. Everest has 3G coverage. Now when you're climbing one of the most legendary, inaccessible peaks in the world, five miles above sea level, you can make a video call! And download Angry Birds. And read Cracked.
Mind you that before this, anyone could make cell phone voice calls from anywhere on the mountain, but I guess there was a huge demand to be able to Twitter from the peak of Mt. Everest or something, because Everest is now better equipped for smart phone usage than most major music festivals.
After all, who can forget Sir Edmund Hillary's historic email from the summit of Everest?
But iPhone status updates aren't the only thing ruining the mystique of the Tallest Mountain In The World* (you have to put the asterisk or people will yell at you but explaining the asterisk is just a bunch of boring geography talk). Apparently it's also full of petty crime. Everest Base Camp on the Chinese side of the mountain is a pretty lawless place where money talks loudest, with brothels, bars, gambling and probably honky-tonk piano tunes.
Everest Base Camp, China.