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Mt Everest had been climbed many times before this party made their way up the mountain. Indeed, reading the book, one has the sense that the enterprise was a circus show with multiple teams climbing simultaneously and guide businesses established to insure that people be brought up the mountain and down again on a sightseeing basis. The crowds hindered the planning, communication and execution of the climb. There were even crowds on the Himalayan peaks turning the expedition into a sideshow rather than a serious ascent.