Worth the Climb?

Worth the Climb?

Leo Manzano, Reporter

Everest climbers face a large number of life-threatening risks. “In high-altitude settings, there is less oxygen in the atmosphere, and oxygen doesn’t diffuse into a climber’s blood as well as it would at sea level. That can lead to serious medical problems.” – Stephanie Vermillion.

Your life is more valuable than risking it climbing Mount Everest and not to mention that any climber that reaches above 19,000 feet, the  “the death zone,” will encounter health risks like reduced oxygen intake, risk of ailments, including pulmonary edema, verbal edema, and blood embolisms. Luckily there is a treatment that can help, medicines include Acetazolamide better known as “Diamox” and Decadron.

Like every other mountain out there, Mount Everest is old and it’s actually 50 million to 60 million years old (by geological standards). Once a climber reaches a certain level, the risks keep on getting worse, but what’s unreal is that if a climber goes beyond 29,035 feet they hit Everest summit which is approximately one-third the air pressure that exists at sea level. Scientists have determined that the human body is not capable of remaining indefinitely above “the death zone”.

So far I’ve mentioned not only health risks but how the human body isn’t made to go beyond “the death zone” (19,000 feet). But how much more dangerous could Mount Everest be? Collapsing seracs, 50 to 100-foot columns of ice formed by intersecting glacier crevasses. Seracs can stand perfectly still for decades, all of sudden fall over, killing those nearby and in some cases, triggering avalanches further down the mountain.

Mount Everest isn’t risk-free and just doesn’t seem like something you should invest your time or not to mention your money. A spot in a commercial team costs anywhere from $40,000 to $100,000 depending on the level of service. Climbing Mount Everest isn’t worth your time, money, and especially your life. There are too many risks to consider and not to mention the expenses of going to Mount Everest. I believe that anyone considering going to Mount Everest should consider not going and should spend their time and money somewhere elsewhere.