preview- more people now than ever are making the climb to the summit of
Mt. Everest, and the deaths keep adding up.
thesis- too many people are dying while climbing on mt. everest due to lack of training.
#1-according to http://www.tc.umn.edu/~hatt0047/everestarticles/LATimes, climber-guide Rob Hall, was one of nine mountaineers who died all in one day during a freak storm in the Death Zone in 1996
http://ask.yahoo.com/20041102.html, as of 2002 about 175 people were said to have died on Mt. everest.
most of which are still on the mountain now. also there are around 41 bodies located on the north side of the mountain. in the article (http://classic.mountainzone.com/climbing/fischer/)
"May 10, 1996, a severe and sudden storm trapped several climbers high on Mt. Everest as they were descending from the summit. In what has become the deadliest single tragedy in the mountain's climbing history, a total of eight people perished. One of them is renowned Seattle climbing guide Scott Fischer." http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5433982 says.
"More than 1,500 climbers have reached the summit of Mount Everest in the last 53 years and some 190 have died trying."
#2-according to http://www.tc.umn.edu/~hatt0047/everestarticles/LATimes, by overcrowding and by the people helping you up the mountain having a "summit-or-bust" attitude to make the high fees they charge clients who, in some cases, lack adequate climbing experience justifiable.
also, conditions are really bad in the "Death Zone", which is above 25,000 feet, where there is little oxygen, the winds are freezing and temperatures reach 100 below. an attempt to rescue someone can be deadly.
#3-in the article "Deadly Peak" (http://www.tc.umn.edu/~hatt0047/everestarticles/deadly), these things have claimed many lives
- Triple-digit wind chills, sudden blizzards, avalanches, mile-deep crevasses, teetering 12-story ice chunks, sheer terrain.
- Potentially fatal mountain sickness, including pulmonary edema, in which the lungs fill with fluid, or cerebral edema, in which the brain does.
- An oxygen content that is one-third of that at sea level, requiring climbers to breathe four times as fast, or about 50 times a minute.
- Air so dry it causes the water content in the blood to drop from 50 percent to 15 percent, making it sluggish and the body prone to frostbite.
- A parched throat that often produces a hacking cough violent enough to crack ribs.
- Insomnia, due in part to a subconscious fear of suffocating.
- Impaired decision-making ability. (Climbers tested at high altitude have been found to take twice as long as the average 6-year-old to understand a simple sentence.)
- Hypothermia. Exhaustion. Hallucinations.
- And then there is the "Death Zone," the area above 25,000 feet where bottled oxygen is necessary to sustain life, and every other hazard is exacerbated.
#4-it used to be for the professionals who could endure climbing without a certain amount of oxygen, but now anyone who has money can go up there witch increases the danger they are putting themselves in.
restate-too many people are dying while climbing on mt. everest due to lack of training.
restate body- there is much evidence that proves that an overwhelming amount of people die on this treacherous trek up to the summit. due to things such as low oxygen, mountain sickness, inability to function and more.
my solution to this problem would be not allowing people to go up the mountain without excessive amounts of training for this climb. no one should be able to go up there by just paying a certain amount of money. Money doesn't replace training.