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Mount* Everest

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Doomsday101, May 23, 2012.

  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Mount* Everest is the h*ighest point on planet Earth. Because of this unique distinction, humans have been climbing it since Sir Edmund Hillary's first successful ascent in 1953. The peak of Everest is located in Nepal and stands tall at 29,035 feet (8,850 meters) above sea level [source: mnteverest.net]. The mountain itself shares a border with both Nepal and Tibet. Because of the severe weather at the summit, climbers rarely attempt to complete the trek outside of the May to June window, when the jet stream is pushed north. Even then, the weather is pretty inhospitable. An average day in May 2008 saw a high temperature of minus 17 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 27 degrees Celsius) and winds of 51 miles (81 km) per hour [source: USA Today].

    *At other times during the year, the jet stream passes directly by the summit and winds can blow at hurricane strength -- 118 miles (189 km) per ho*ur -- and temperatures can dive as low as minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 73 Celsius) [source: teameverest03.org]. Add to this the fact that there's less than one-third the amount of oxygen in the air compared to sea level, and you can see why Everest adventurers have their work cut out for them.

    Still, this doesn't stop the adventurous spirit. The downside to having that spirit is that it could lead to your death. Everest News estimates that, as of 2004, more than 2,000 people had successfully reached the summit, while 189 died trying. If you're one of the roughly 150 people to attempt to scale Mount Everest in this year, there's something you'll be sure to see along the way -- dead bodies.

    http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/dead-everest.htm
     
  2. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    I can't believe people do this.


    Big whoop.


    Change a law. Save a life. Write a book.
     
  3. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    :laugh2:
     
  4. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I don't get it either. I do think those who attempt it have a good ideal what they are in for because I would doubt a person 1st time mountain climbing they would start with Everest. I guess it is the sense of accomplishment in something they get a rush off of. I just think the price you pay is just too much when you consider how many have died in their attempts.
     
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  6. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I guess they get accustom to the strain that the high altitudes puts on the human body.

    Interesting link you added.
     
  7. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    Here is one with more with more details including them finding a body like 50 years after he died. This is a warning if you are sensitive to this type stuff do not click on the link.

    http://sometimes-interesting.com/2011/06/29/over-200-dead-bodies-on-mount-everest/
     
  8. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Rescue is impossiable once a person gets in trouble they are pretty much on their own because the party can't put the others at risk to rescue the 1.

    Recovery of the bodies it is the same issue. If you don't make it you become part of Everest
     

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