RoanMtnMan wrote:jbchalk wrote: If these big guided commercial outfits didn't exist, its likely many climbers' dreams would not be realized on the big peaks.
Think about all the legitimate AMGA and IFMGA guides that would never have the opportunity to climb big peaks. There aren't too many professional climbers that have the resources for an Everest permit. Much less a trip to Antarctica. Then the field of climbers on the worlds great peaks would be reduced to those that can climb, and have a ton of money. A very small number. I think that is a worse scenario than the way things currently are.
Absolutely correct. Most prof guides would never have the opportunity to climb the big guys at all if it wasn't for the big commercial guiding companies. Yes, while its not ideal on Everest right now, at least people can have an attempt to see their dreams realized.