If you were to climb a mountain, do you have to climb down too?

@dloveli (4369)
United States
July 21, 2009 6:14am CST
I was watching a show on National Geographic Channel about these men climbing Mount Everest. They were exhausted when they finally got to the very top. I know that this sounds silly but how do they get back off the mountain. How would they climb they are exhausted. Does someone pick them up halfway. Do you they walk? The show doesnt say. These people are amazing. It one of these things that if I dont get the real answer It will bother me. I would assume that they climb down but I dont think its physically possible. Does anyone know?
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23 responses
• Australia
21 Jul 09
The first person that replied to this topic has a point there. I mean it's hard to get up steep stairs, but easy to get down. Well, it is for me anyway. It is possible that they could walk down, but I actually don't know just like you and I would really like to found out the answer to this question. Now that you got me thinking about it I think that a helicopter gets them, but now this poster says that you walk down. I'm so confused.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
21 Jul 09
I feel you my friend.I would be so tired that I couldnt have walked down even if I wanted to. It was 5:30 a.m. and I was thinking this. It so crazy. But it is a good question. When I find out I will let u know. THose kind of things can eat at you until it drives us crazy. lol We're on a mission for the truth. lol dl
@dagma09 (90)
• Philippines
22 Jul 09
I dont know too. I think may be they are been pick-up by helicopter.... That only my opinion.....hehehe!!!! Actually thats a nice question.. I hope you'll find the answer.... have nice day!!!!
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
23 Jul 09
I dont know how they would do it if they had to walk back down. Helicopter would be my thing. Maybe they have to walk because the helicopter could create avalanches. Just a thought.Happy MyLotting. DL
• United States
21 Jul 09
I think they climb down i mean its obious that they climb down they cant jump unless they die!! lol well i would go down tired or not
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
21 Jul 09
I know it sounds crazy but I would think they'd be so tired they would arrange If I had to climb back down I dont think I could do it.I dont think I am mountain climber. Although to be quite honest if I wrote a list of things I always wanted to do, mountain climbing wouldnt be in the top ten. dl
• United States
21 Jul 09
All places are not acessible by helecopter or plane. If that is the case, then yes, they would have to climb back to a point to be picked up. Or, climb all the way back down.
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
21 Jul 09
Hey Shirl good to hear from u again. Hope all is well. If it was me I would have to insist on a ride home. It is true that the weather conditions would make an a impact on whether or not a landing is possible. There are alot of avalanches and things. Come to think of it these people are crazy thrill seekers. I dont have the bagoombas to do that. I dont think I want to go anywhere near a picture of a mountain much less a real one. Happy MyLotting dl
@prinzcy (5060)
• Malaysia
21 Jul 09
When we're scaling up anything, up course we'll be exhausted and think that we'll never reach it. But all of that will be gone when we reach top, the journey down will feel nothing and seem easier. The journey back seem shorter too, though it's the same route we'll be walking back. I don't think any of the climber will decide to stay, despite how happy they seem to reach the peak. And yes, they'll walk back.
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@underdogy (700)
• Thailand
18 Aug 09
Ca no longer agree anymore with the people.. All have been said..Going down is indeed easy coz no matter how hard and exhausting climbing mountain is, once you're on the summit..the tedious feeling will be long gone.
@suzzy3 (8362)
21 Jul 09
I suppose they must climb all the way back down,as in most of these places there is nowhere to land a helicopter ,they do say it is quicker down hill.I like you admire the strength these people have,they are worn out,frost bitten,hungry,probable have altitude sickness ,bad feet which are probably wet and cold but they carry on,I know for certain I could never do anything like that,unless my life depended on it.Normally they have camps at certain places up the mountain so they rest at these camps on the way down,me I would need a stretcher.
@jbrooks0127 (2326)
• United States
21 Jul 09
The reason those shows do not mention how they get down is that is an anti-climax. The purpose of the show is to relate how hard it was to make it up to the top. When they reach the top they have no choice but to walk back down. The air is too thin to support any kind of aircraft and of course there is no other kind of transportation at those heights. It is a major feat to climb Mount Everest. Many have tried and many have failed, some loose their loves. Of course coming back down is far easier than going up providing they do not run into a major snow storm. That has happened and people have been lost.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
21 Jul 09
You are right.....I have never seen anyone come down the mountain! I'll be very curious to see how they get off! LOL....good discussion!
@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
21 Jul 09
I would think, dloveli, that the hardest part of the battle is the uphill climb. So it seems that after a period of rest the downward trip should be a piece of cake. I am also fascinated by people who have the endurance to climb mountains. I have seen documentaries where the odds were extreme considering the weather conditions, etc. that these people had to deal with. That is why I conclude that getting back down the mountain would not be very hard for them.
• India
21 Jul 09
You gotto climb down if you wanna do that again... Or else you can just GO UP! Its just that it is less strain climbing down..than up When climbing up, we get exhausted quickly and started panting within no time! Hope you got wat I meant!
@KupoSin (680)
• United States
21 Jul 09
of corse you have to climb down as well. climbing down will be much easier and faster than climbing up. reaching the summit is only half way.
@rebelmel (1387)
• United States
21 Jul 09
I have hiked mountains before. Once you get to the top, the only way to get back down is by climbing back down. Climbing down the mountain is much quicker and easier than going up. I guess maybe in the case of people climbing everest, they may be flown back down, if they were sponsored by someone. I just know that each time I have hiked, I hiked back down too!
@anniefannie (1743)
• United States
21 Jul 09
i think someone picks them up i have never heard of them comning back down on their own
@savypat (20247)
• United States
21 Jul 09
What you climb up you have to climb down on Everest. They locate camps along the way and I think you can be air lifted out from some of those. All i really know is what I've seen on TV. No expert here.
@ruperi (139)
• India
21 Jul 09
You are right!! from the top of worl they go to base camp by helicopter.
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
21 Jul 09
hello, the simple answer to your query is yes, they do have to climb down as well. I am a mountaineer as well, although I would never dream of climbing mount everest or even k2... too much for me. the thing with mountaineers is that, especially those who wish to climb the highest peaks is that they are physically fit and they train for months and months, some even for a year before attempting to climb the height of mt. everest. Of course they are exhausted who wouldn't be.. But going up and going down the mountain isn't done continuously, they pace themselves and have rest periods in between climbing. Definitely it is not easy but these climbers, you can call them professionals, they do know what they are doing and they prepared themselves for the grueling task of going up and down the mountain
@derek_a (10902)
21 Jul 09
WEll, I would think that they have to climb down the mountain. Everest, I should imagine is far to dangerous to get hellicopters in too close. It should be easier going down than coming up. They tend to know the way they have come, and I should think they would be lowering themselves down on ropes, which used less muscle power than moving upwards. I don't know anything about mountain climbing, so I am just guessing here. - Derek
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
21 Jul 09
Of course wehn they get to the top the are exhausted but they also rest awhile up there they also have the base camp that I would assume that the go back too. And there is no wehre to land on the top to pick them up and its so high that a hellicopter couldnt hold a pattern long enough to lift them out. BUt I do beleive that one can land a hellicopter at teh base camp. When I climbed mountains I had to climb back down but we would climb the back side and not scale the front of the mountain was easy to get up and down ya just folloewwed the path many others had gone on.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
21 Jul 09
I would think that after taking a rest they climb back down. I suppose a helicopter could pick them up but if they are adventurous enough to climb up there I'd think they would want to climb back down. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]