Wednesday, April 21, 2021

A load of hot air?

Is it really worth paying £3.3 million to fly over Everest?

 

“Roughly 700 people” signed up to Virgin Galactic’s space tourism project and though disaster struck on one of its test flights, surprisingly only around 24 have now supposedly asked for the £161,000 ($250,000) fee they paid to signup be returned. By comparison, however, another extreme adventure now on offer through the website If Only takes such activities to another level – but only if you have £1,674,000 ($2,607,500) per person to spare.

 

Everest
This will undoubtedly be an amazing experience but is the cost really justifiable?

Everest
Chris Dewhirst

 

Available to two just people at a time at the extraordinary cost of £3,348,000 ($5,215,000) or £139,500 ($217,299) per hour (assuming the advert’s “better part of the day” description to mean 24 hours), veteran pilot Chris Dewhirst is marketing “an invitation to join one of the most elite fraternities on earth”. He was the amongst the first team to fly over the top of Mount Everest in a hot air balloon and now is suggesting the extremely wealthy join him for a repeat of this “daring” journey to over 30,000 feet.

 

The advert for this “non-refundable… remarkable endeavor” cautions that this journey is “only appropriate for the most intrepid of thrill-seekers” and that “if the weather is uncooperative at the time of the attempt, Chris will make every effort to reschedule though this may come at additional expense”. Plainly those with limited funds need not apply.

 

 

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    6 COMMENTS

    1. Richard Branson is a hero of mine. He supports dear Gerry and Kate McCann in their search for their beloved Madeleine. Nobody has any right to attack him ever.

      • Branson will have to find a way to encourage Trott to part with her flatulence underwear, she could supply the oxygen and hot air for the entire journey. I recommend passenger wear safety goggles.

    2. Oh come on Richard. You can use a spare Airbus 320 and carry 174 people at a time around Everest and a damn sight cheaper too. They won’t, hopefully, need oxygen and warm winter woolies, and you can sell them food and expensive wine while you do it.

    3. 3 million sterling out of the original price to fly in the big bad balloon will be for the “insurance” for one person alone.

    4. Was it that clever unmarried music pundit who always said things like Kyleisha you ‘ made that your own ‘

      Well Trott pants you get the ‘ Stayers award ‘ which you have made your own……..yawn…….Martin

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