This man knows what's up. Everest (present day) means little to nothing. There is little to no actual climbing. All of the difficult parts have ladders and fixed ropes. The "climbers" ascend fixed ropes without climbing. They have all their gear carried for them. The camps are fairly plush. They have some of the best weather teams in the world to tell them exactly when to go for a summit bid. They use bottled oxygen.
Everest simply means that one has $50,000 to spend. I have run into a number of people who have climbed Everest in my ice climbing exploits. Not one of them has been a true climber of any caliber. In the climbing circles, Everest is viewed as a joke and a colossal tourist trap.
I respect Andrew Skurka's accomplishments as an ultra-runner and endurance athlete.