Not going there
I'm not sure if it's included in 1,001 Places to Visit Before You Die, but I am NOT going to the summit of Mt. Everest. Ever. I just watched Everest: Dead Zone for biology class extra credit, and let me tell you, there is not one thing about that excursion that looks fun. I knew people died there, but I didn't realize how regularly. Close to the summit, the people we were following on this little jaunt basically had to climb over a dead guy in his Mountain Hardwear gear, left there from some months back. There were also a lot of problems with breathing and thinking and basic functioning, because there is NO OXYGEN THERE. And you don't just go to base camp and climb up. You have to go to camp 1 and back, twice (whilst crossing 80 foot crevasses on Home Depot ladders stretched across), then up to camp 2 and back, then camp 3, then back, then finally you do it all over again and get to camp 4 and then try for the summit. These people were there for two months. And the poor sherpas, supposedly conditioned for this work, as Everest is their backyard? Yeah, they die a lot, too. So, to sum up, running the marathon this Sunday seems way less stupid.