#WorththeClimb

#WorththeClimb

Kevin Mareina, Reporter

Climbing Mt.Everest is worth climbing when it’s something you love and enjoy doing and maybe if it’s something you do for a living. Climbing it is riskier than any other mountain. It’s just something you really need to think about because climbing it can be one of the most dangerous things. Mt.Everest climbing is very dangerous but you can get good money for it and achieve the top. 

People who climb Mt.Everest can get very good money for it especially if they do it alone. Some people get help for achieving it and they have to pay more, but it’s worth the help. Once you achieve it you feel good about yourself and then you can do a lot of stuff when you achieve it.

I can say it is worth climbing the mountain only for people who will love doing that and have fun with it. I would not climb Mount Everest because the risk is greater than the reward to me. On April 18, 2014, an avalanche killed 16 Sherpas on Mount Everest, making it the deadliest day in the mountain’s history. But one year later, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake triggered another fatal avalanche that killed more than 20 climbers and shut the mountain down for the 2015 season. During this year’s season, at least 11 climbers have died on Everest experts say.

At 29,029 feet, Everest is known for its dangers; that’s part of the allure. But in recent years, tragedies have spiked, and frozen bodies scattered across the mountain are an eerie reminder of the growing hazards. So why is the world’s tallest mountain claiming more lives than Everest? Everest tragedies are nothing new; since 1990, at least one climber has died in pursuit of the summit every year. But each climbing season, Everest is getting more unstable. Kent Clement, a professor of outdoor studies at Colorado Mountain College, argues that climate change is possibly the most imminent risk for climbers. Any climb above 19,000 feet—the altitude is known as “the death zone”—will have associated health risks, but there are treatments that can help climbers survive. Medicines include acetazolamide (sold under the brand name Diamox), a diuretic that helps prevent mild edema, and dexamethasone (brand name Decadron), a steroid used to treat brain edema and reverse the symptoms of acute mountain sickness. The only true fix for acute mountain sickness is immediate descent.

The best way to stay alive on Everest is proper training, fitness, and organization, but even those steps can’t guarantee safety.