Would-Be Everest Climber Hides to Avoid $11,000 Fee

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Nepal makes a ton of money from Mount Everest climbers, so it should come as no surprise that they take their climbing fee very seriously. For starters, each and every person who tries to reach the iconic summit has to pay $11-thousand. Ryan Sean Davy didn't want to do that. 

Instead, the 43-year-old from South Africa made it to up to the second base camp all by his lonesome, which is highly unusual for foreign climbers who normally have a group or at least a local guide, or sherpa. Once he was 21-thousand feet up, he was spotted by a government official who was curious as to why he was alone. Davy tried to flee, but was found in a nearby cave. 

Now, he'll have to cough up $22-thousand and face being banned from Nepal for five years or face a 10-year ban on climbing in the country. What's more, Davy's passport was confiscated and he'll have to go to the capital, Kathmandu, to retrieve it. He claims he doesn't have the cash for a flight to the capital, so he'll take on a four day journey via bus or on foot. 

Source: Metro 

EVEREST HIMALAYAN RANGE, NEPAL - MAY 15:  Aerial photograph of Mt Everest (back-center) and Everest's West Shoulder with Nuptse (Right - 8848m) May 15, 2003 on the Nepal - Tibet border. A record 1,000 climbers plan assaults on the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot

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