6/3/17 Question: Is climbing Mount Everest worth the risk?
Answer: I think that it is not worth the risk to climb Mount Everest. Climbing Mount Everest is dangerous. Climbing will probably lead to death. For every 100 people that try to climb, four people die. It is dangerous because there are large ice avalanches that can fall on you and kill you. This can happen because it is not always obvious when it is coming. The avalanches sweep in and when they are coming, they kind of look like a big cloud coming to you at a fast speed. One time, 19 people died at base camp when an avalanche came in. Base camp is supposed to be one of the safest places on the mountain but even there they can't prevent this. Another reason it is dangerous is that the higher up you go, the less oxygen there is available. In fact, every 1,000 feet, there becomes 3% oxygen. With little oxygen, people tend to make poor decisions. This happens because when the brain doesn't get the oxygen it needs, it doesn't always function properly. One poor decision some people make is they jump off the mountain. Due to the height, this will kill them. There are a few other reasons that climbing might kill you, but these are a few serious ones. Avalanches and little oxygen might not only affect climbers in the moment, but in their future too. Maybe even for the rest of their lives. That is how severe climbing Mount Everest is. That is what makes the decision not worth the risk.