The Benefits of Climbing Mount Everest Do Not Outweigh the Risk

The Benefits of Climbing Mount Everest Do Not Outweigh the Risk

Chase Mewes, Reporter

Climbing Mount Everest has many risks.  Mount Everest is the world’s tallest mountain, reaching 29, 029 feet.  People choose to climb Mount Everest for many reasons including “because it’s there”, personal goals, or for status or prestige.  They are not considering the risks that come with climbing the mountain, including injury or death.  People usually die from exhaustion, cognitive disorders due to lack of oxygen or brain swelling, falls, or hypothermia when ascending or descending the mountain.  More than 300 people have died trying to climb the mountain. 

I don’t believe climbing Mount Everest is worth dying.  I believe there are better things a person can do with their life that do not risk death.  People can find other ways to enjoy life that includes little or no risk.  People can play sports, spend time with family and friends, go to the park, watch movies, play video games, or other activities that do not risk their lives.  It is a waste of time to risk your life.  Our family and friends need and depend on us.  There is no point in throwing away your life on purpose.  Many people believe that climbing Mount Everest is a huge accomplishment.  However, what is accomplished if you die?  Is that worth never being able to meet other life goals?  Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and free to make their own choices.  I personally do not understand risking death.  Therefore, in my opinion, risking your life to climb a mountain is a waste of time.