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  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by tukka
    +11 +1

    Man dies on Mount Everest during ASKfm cryptocurrency promotional stunt

    It was a stunt designed to play on one of cryptocurrencies most resilient memes: "to the moon" -- the idea that prices will skyrocket, leaving currency holders rich in the process. But it was a stunt that left one Sherpa presumed dead on Mount Everest. ASKfm, one of the world's top 10 social media networks, was about to release a brand new Initial Coin Offering (ICO), giving early investors the chance to pre-buy some of its cryptocurrency before its launch. To promote the ICO ASKfm sent four "crypto enthusiasts" on an expedition to Mount Everest.

  • Expression
    3 months ago
    by mariogi
    +8 +1

    Mount Everest, the high-altitude rubbish dump

    Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world's highest rubbish dump as an increasing number of big-spending climbers pay little attention to the ugly footprint they leave behind. Fluorescent tents, discarded climbing equipment, empty gas canisters and even human excrement litter the well-trodden route to the summit of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak.

  • Analysis
    3 months ago
    by maelstorm
    +29 +1

    The Last Days of Marc-André Leclerc

    He was the best alpinist of his generation, a quiet, unassuming Canadian known for bold ascents of some of the world’s most iconic peaks. Four months ago, at the age of 25, he traveled to Alaska to join climber Ryan Johnson for a first ascent outside Juneau. They never came back, and a frantic nine-day search left more questions than answers.