Everest isn't really a mountain "climb" so much as it is a mountain
"hike". There is no scaling cliffs and pounding in pitons, and hanging
in mid air like a person would if they climbed the face of say Yosemite's
Half Dome. The allure of it is getting to that 29,000 foot altitude. The real
danger is from the altitude itself, which can cause death if a person stays to
long over 26,000 feet (called the death zone}. The other thing that takes lives
on Everest is not being properly acclimated and conditioned before trying for
the summit, fatigue overtakes them, they sit down to rest and never get up
again. There are a lot of bodies on the path up there.
Far more people die every year from the sedentary, sitting on a coach and eating
chips, lifestyle than those who die climbing mountains. At least the mountain
climbers are accomplishing something with their lives.
Everest is only climbed because of the ladders and fixed lines and guides. Take
away all the helps and only the best could climb it. I think it is ridiculous
that a 13 year old can climb it and an 80 year old man. So many have died due to
the willingness of guides to basically drag people to the top...people that
would have no business being on the mountain without all the fixed lines and
It might be more interesting for the most elite climbers to take on K-2 North
Summit. That is a much more challenging climb and from the looks of the photo,
more solace at the top.