High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed (Hyperion) delves into the dark, dangerous side of Everest, including tales of drugs and prostitution at base camp, rampant theft, and seedy, sexually abusive Sherpas.
Author Michael Kodas explored the majestic mountains scary side on two separate expeditions, where he also learned of parasitic, predatory adventurers who stole other climbers oxygen tanks and gear.
He explains, Crimes wed consider petty at sea level are deadly at that altitude. You see the absolute best and absolute worst in humanity and not much in between.
While documenting the danger prevented Kodas from ever reaching the summit, hes not dying to get back on the menacing mountain.
He says, Every time Ive left, I wanted to be as far away from that putrid place as I can. But never say never.
High Crimes hits shelves next Tuesday (Feb. 5).
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