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Stuart Dawkins
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This game was purchased from eBAy to re-live childhood memories.

We set about a New Year's Eve conquest of Everest, even dressing some players for the part (see Images). We started, with the rush of adrenaline based on taking part in one of the World's great adventures -conquering Everest!

It was a good job we were playing house rules enabling equipment to be acquired before getting a sponsor, otherwise the Steve/Bob team would not have achieved anything for over an hour. The rest of us were quickly hitting the lower slopes of the mountains, climbing ... and then returning to base for yet more equipment.

After nearly two hours, it became clear that we would probably be better off beginning to plan for a real conquest of Everest rather than to plan to complete this game. As soon as we got anywhere near the upper slopes, something bad happened and we had to be back to base for yet more equipment.

After 2 hours, we got hungry (another realistic aspect of the game), and abandoned.

A classic of 1970s game design - great fun to play, but clearly never actually play-tested, and so almost completely unfinishable.

Result: a draw declared between the Claudine/Judith and Lucy/Al teams as they both got within 5 spaces of the top. My team were an honourable third, the Steve/Bob team had not even reached the airport,
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