Some hot air balloon company in New Mexico called “Everest” is hoping to give rides of up to 29,000 feet to simulate the experience of climbing Mt. Everest. The trip would include the necessary oxygen masks and clothing needed to survive in such extreme altitudes. Naturally, there are concerns about whether or not such a flight is even possible and if it is possible, how safe it is. The company claims they’ve checked with the FAA and that they’re ready to handle whatever problems come their way. As for how much this will cost, the company is planning to charge $4,000 per person.
My question is this: Can this ride truly simulate what it’s like to climb Mt. Everest? Isn’t the whole idea to make the climb and also be on top of Everest? Secondly, this sounds just as dangerous if not more dangerous than climbing Mt. Everest. I know some of you on here like @Chris like to do epic challenges. Does this qualify as such as a challenge or is this just crazy and/or really not that cool?