Sir: Is it not a little late in the day to sacrifice one's life on Everest? All one's grandchildren could say is "grandfather lost his life climbing Everest shortly before the chair-lift was installed! Don't say it is impossible.
I am 90 years old and the things called "impossible" when I was young would need the fingers of both hands to be counted on.
The Edwardian mountaineers faced the same problem with the railway up Snowdon.