Would you climb Everest if you had the opportunity?

@wiccania (3360)
United States
November 16, 2007 7:13pm CST
I've had a bit of an "obession" with Mt. Everest since reading Into Thin Air. It's just an intense fascination, really... so I love the show on Discovery Channel (Everest: Beyond the Limit). I've also watched a number of specials focusing on Mt. Everest. So, if someone offered to give you full training and pay for you to join an expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest... would you do it? Would you brave the death zone to be able to come home and say "I stood at the top of the world?" I don't think I would. I might consider taking the training and going to Everest and go as high up as the first or second base camps... but I don't think I would go all the way to the top. You?
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@williamjisir (22903)
• China
2 Dec 07
Hello dear wiccania. To begin with, I have to say that the air there on Mt. Everest is rather thin, therefore it is very difficult for people who are not used to the air there except the local people. Right now there are trains from Shanghai to Lhasa for tourists to pay a visit to Tibet. Still there are many people find it hard to breathe. Such being the case, I don't think that I will ever try to climb the Everest even if I have such an opportunity. hehe
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
2 Dec 07
Yes, it is very thin, that's why most climbers use supplemental oxygen. It's also why a lot of expeditions go from base came 1 to base camp 2 and back a couple of times before staying at base camp 2 and repeating on up to the highest camp. To help the bodies acclimate to the altitude and the thinness of the air.
@megumiart (3781)
• United States
4 Dec 07
I would never ever want to climb that thing. I hate cold weather, and I don't I have the endurance to do something like that.
@fab315 (1242)
• Philippines
20 Nov 07
Hello! It sounds like a great fun and a challenge. Oh I would love to..Imagine being on top of the world! and singing 'i'm on the top of the world looking down on creations' blah blah... Buuutttttt.....i'm sh!t scared! imagining how high it would be..ohhh...i'm scared of heights! maybe i'll take the training but I dunno if i'll not chicken out on the climbing day..lol ciao! c",)
@Monkeyrose (2850)
• Canada
20 Nov 07
Hi, I would like to do it but I don't think I'd be able to. I have a bad back and am severely out of shape. It would be an amasing experience and a great adrenlin rush. But if they would fix my back and give me training I'd go.
• India
20 Nov 07
Hi friend, if i get any chance,i will definitely will climb.i know mountaineering is a hard job.it needs good practice.climbing everest will make me fame.
• India
17 Nov 07
that woul be quite an amazing experience. clombing all the way to the top, ofcourse thta would take me a year,lol. but it would be a great experience. what beauty and i believe when people reach to the top, its so serene and silent and soooooo amazing.
@xboxboy (5578)
17 Nov 07
yes i would!! what a challenge!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
17 Nov 07
I tend to live by the rule "Just because you can doesn't mean you should" Besides the fact I don't like cold, snow, or heights I'm also not interested in mountain climbing, falling, or dying LOL. Everest is there but all the training in the world would not make me a suitable candidate to actually climb it. At the end of the training I would be ABLE to climb it but I still shouldn't...now offer me some training in snorkelng off a paradise island and I'd consider it!