SJ’s World

You’re just living in it

To be honest, there was only ever a VERY slim chance of that happening. But after reading “Scaling Everest,” there is NO chance. Zero. None. NEVER!
  1. Mt. Everest is 28,973 feet tall.
    What, that doesn’t sound too tall to you? Maybe this will help put it in perspective: the Empire State Building measures in at only 1,454 feet. Mt. Everest is nearly 20 Empire State Buildings tall.
    AND! It’s still growing! According to geologists, Mt. Everest grows a little more every year, thanks to tectonic plate activity.


  2. But your pathway to the summit is much, much longer.
    On average, trips to the summit of Mt. Everest take two months. That’s two months of roughing it (which is two months too many).


  3. Tell me how am I supposed to live with no air?

    Okay, okay, there’s not NO air. But as you mount Mt. Everest, the air gets thinner and holds less oxygen. Want to hear the really gross part? Your blood literally gets thicker with red blood cells to adjust to the change in oxygen levels.

  4. You have to drink a lot of water.
    To adjust to the change in altitude, it becomes really important that you hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
    Okay, maybe this is just a me problem? I live off of iced coffees and I can’t remember the last time I had a glass of water that wasn’t sparkling.


  5. What’s a neature walk without trees?
    Before you’ve even reached base camp, you’ve seen the last tree you’re going to see for the next 2 months. In fact, even the fauna have thinned, and there’s no wildlife. All you’re going to be seeing is moss— and before long, that’ll have disappeared too.That’s not very neature of you, nature.


  6. There’s a poop problem on Mt. Everest.
    Oh how I wish I were kidding. Apparently, poop doesn’t break down as quickly in the cold air up there. So the mountain has become… a bit backed up.


  7. At some places on the climb, you have to cross giant ice crevices on a ladder.
    The picture speaks for itself.


  8. There’s a chance you get heat exhaustion.
    If you thought being cold for 2 months was bad enough, think again. Some portions of the climb get so much sun and so little wind that you’ll be at risk of heat exhaustion.


  9. There may not be any wildlife high up on Mt. Everest, but there are spiders.
    Yay!


  10. There’s pretty much no chance of rescue, should you need it.
    It’s complicated to get injured climbers back down, and helicopters are rarely willing to make the rescue trip. So if you get hurt, you’re pretty much on your own.
    Which maybe helps to explain…

  11. “Bodies in the death zone”
    That’s a literal quote, people!!! Once you’ve made it 26,000 feet up, you’re in the “death zone,” where you’re not only at a higher risk of dying (from exhaustion, falling, or even brain swelling)— you’re also at a greater risk of seeing a dead body.

  12. There are still lines.
    This one really kills me. Before reaching the summit, you have to pass through Hillary Step, which is only wide enough for one person to climb at a time. Which means sometimes a line forms, and the waiting can take hours.

  13. Once you make it up, you still have to go all the way back down.
    Although, at that point, you’ll probably be so desperate for a good shower and normal air that you won’t mind the trip back down.
    Oh, who am I kidding? The trip back down is going to SUCK.