Is Everest Worth the Risk?

Is Everest Worth the Risk?

Liz Medina, Reporter

Is the personal glory of climbing mount Everest worth possible death? 

I believe the personal glory of climbing Mount Everest is not worth possible death. A reason why I argue that it is not worth it is due to all the physical and mental damage that can be left from the climb. I believe having the glory of saying I reached Everest’s summit would not be enough due to what my body would have gone through to reach it.

Some of the illnesses that are common on Everest are high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). HAPE is when constricted blood vessels cause fluid to leak into the lung; air sacs. Also, High altitude cerebral edema (HACE) is where fluids leak into the brain. Along with health risks, there is a lot of natural disasters that are life-threatening on the mountain.

On April 18th, 2014, an avalanche killed 16 sherpas, making it the deadliest day on the mountain. After doing multiple research papers on mount Everest I have gathered enough information to say that the serious risks that come with climbing Mount Everest are not worth the personal glory. In conclusion, I would not climb Mount Everest.