On grenade launchers, oxygen tanks and Fingertip Grip gaming mice

On August the 20th of 1980 Reinhold Messner climbed Mount Everest with just 60 kilograms of equipment. By himself.

For comparison: when Edmund Hillary climbed Mount Everest in the year 1953, he had done so with 13 tonnes of equipment. Since he could not carry 13 tonnes himself, he had 350 people giving him a hand. Or, you know, their back.

Reinhold Messners approach is called «Alpinist Style». Edmund Hillarys style by contrast is called «Siege Style», for obvious reasons.

You might ask yourself: why do you need 13 tonnes of equipment to climb a mountain? Well, some of the things the Hillary expedition brought were just plain superflous. For example: the grenade launcher. You know: to trigger avalanches. (Imagine being the guy by the way that carried the grenade launcher: «Yea, I was part of the expedition that climbed Mount Everrest. What my role was? Well, I carried the grenade launcher.»)

A large chunk of these 13 tonnes however were oxygen tanks. Back then it was conventional wisdom that on a mountain taller than 8,000 meters the air was so thin, that without an oxygen tank your brain would suffer irreparable damage. So obviously you needed oxygen tanks. The only problem being: oxygen tanks were heavy. Even in the 1970s the oxygen equipment per person weighed in at a whopping 50 kilograms. Imagine carrying all of your normal equipment and on top of that 50 kilograms of oxygen tanks.

You cannot? That is because it is impossible. Nobody can climb Mount Everest with over 100 kilograms of equipment on his back.

This is why back then you needed lots of people to carry the oxygen tanks for you. The only issue being: all these people carrying the oxygen tanks needed food and water and, you know, all that other mountaineering equipment like helmets, ice axes and tents. Lots of tents. The name Siege Style is not an exaggeration.

All of this, 350 people and 13 tonnes of equipment, starts with the basic assumption that you need artificial oxygen. This is where Reinhold Messner comes into the picture: what if that assumption is wrong?

If that assumption is wrong, it changes everything: when you do not need oxygen tanks you do not need people that carry them for you. And when you do not need people that carry oxygen tanks for you, you do not need food or tents for these people. Without the ultra-heavy oxygen tanks you can carry all of the equipment you need by yourself. And that is what Reinhold Messner did in 1980, when he became the first person to climb Mount Everest by himself. Alpinist Style.

Alpinist Style meets Fingertip Grip

Claw Grip users like saying that they need the back of their gaming mouse to «stabilize their movements». To me that sounds like saying you need oxygen tanks to climb Mount Everest.

Think about it: what if Claw Grip users only need to stabilize the back of their conventional gaming mouse (conventional as in long and heavy) because by having a long back their gaming mouse is so heavy and unwieldy that it needs stabilization?

What however if their gaming mouse was short and light?

This is the core idea behind Fingertip Grip gaming mice: short and very light gaming mice that are so nimble, that they can be controlled with just your fingers. No need to stabilize the back of such a gaming mouse. No need for oxygen tanks.

More and more people seem to be catching on to that idea. Roughly forty years after Reinhold Messner climbed Mount Everest without oxygen tanks, some bloke on TikTok going by the name of boneyttv used a saw to cut of the back of his gaming mouse. His reasoning:

«I like to do precision movements with my fingers. I dont need the fucking back.»

I cannot know for sure what was going through Reinhold Messners head some forty years ago, when he thought about climbing Mount Everest on his own, but I am guessing it was something along the following lines:

«I want to climb Mount Everest on my own. What if I dont need that fucking oxygen tank on my back?»

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