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Climbing Mt. Everest

Updated on November 30, 2011

Limitations Disappear

Human beings often reject limitations. If we're told we cannot climb the tallest mountain on Earth, someone out there will try to do it - and succeed. Advanced and beginner climbers alike take on the massive rock in order to experience a thrill only a few can go through. Mount Everest actually has a relatively easy path to undertake, but can still be dangerous for those unprepared.

By Jamling Tenzing Norgay ( [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Jamling Tenzing Norgay ( [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

First Person to Climb Mount Everest

Edmund Hillary and the sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first group to successfully reach Mt Everest's summit on May 29, 1953. The first step was by Hillary but Norgay is just as deserving of having the honor of being "first" by the group effort this expedition required.

Mt Everest Facts

Mount Everest Location: Tibet, Nepal, and China

Mount Everest Height: 8,848 meters currently

currently? Why yes, Mount Everest can keep growing. Since tectonic plates create Mt. Everest, they still have the ability to make it even larger slowly but surely.

Lance Trumbull - [CC-BY-SA-3.0-us ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons
Lance Trumbull - [CC-BY-SA-3.0-us ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

How to Prepare for the Climb

  1. Practice rock climbing on shorter mountains to get to know the equipment and basic techniques
  2. Get fit and strong including both leg and arm strength
  3. Practice ice climbing. Rock climbing will help you learn the equipment, but Mt. Everest has a substantial amount of snow and ice that require new equipment and different ways to handle situations.
  4. Find people to practice with who are also interested in climbing Mt Everest so you can share fees and other costs.

Cost of Reaching Your Dreams

Cost alone can be a deterrent even if no health risks existed. From specialized equipment and clothing, to the guides (sherpas) who will help you successfully reach your goals at the risk of their own lives, all of this will require large sums of money. On top of this, you will need various visas (as Mt. Everest lies on multiple borders) and of course the costs of your flights to and from home.

If you have accidents or health impediments due to your climb, it is possible your insurance will not cover the costs. After all, they don't have Mt Everest climbers in mind when they make up their policies.

By U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class J. Maurer. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class J. Maurer. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Health Risks of Choosing to Climb Mt Everest

Before undertaking such a dangerous outing, be sure to ask yourself if you are willing to do so; Hundreds have died attempting the climb. The higher you go, the less likely your body will come back down as your teammates will need to move on without you in order to not be slowed down and ensure their safety. Even then, you might be left behind while still technically alive as teammates will not risk the journey to help you come back to safety.

There are many ways to be injured or killed: avalanches, hypothermia, oxygen deprivation and dehydration. More so, the constant white and lack of orientation can lead you to make fatal falls.

Even without death, climbing Mt Everest can lead to health problems because of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation. Those who aren't physically fit are not recommended to attempt this journey.

The Most Important Advice You'll Ever Receive

Remember, you don't have to reach the top. If you aren't feeling well or if you don't think you'll succeed, find out how far you've gotten and be happy you reached this far. The experience of reaching a fraction of the height is worth more than the experience your family and friends will feel when they hear you added a new statistic to the mortality rate.


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