At 29,029 feet (8,848 meters), Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world. Mount Everest had long been unconquerable. The Himalayas, themselves, had been forbidding and defied navigation due to the tortuous terrain and Everest in particular was considered the ultimate challenge. In 1924, George Leigh Mallory and Andrew “Sandy” Irvine made a daring attempt to climb to the peak. It shall never be known, however, if they made it to the peak. They were last seen at the Second Step at a height of about 28,000 feet. George Mallory’s body was recovered in 1999.
Mount Everest has proved a rather treacherous climb for most mountaineers and climbers. Freezing temperatures, deep crevasses and the potential for a variety of high altitude ailments keep plaguing climbers till this day. Extreme frostbite is one obvious fallout. Those who climb quickly without gradually acclimatizing themselves to the high altitude succumb to “mountain sickness.” Oxygen supply to the human brain is reduced considerably leading to hypoxia.
The high altitude prevents the human brain from getting adequate oxygen leading to terrible headaches, lack of clarity in thought, insomnia, loss of appetite, and chronic fatigue. The higher the altitude, the more severe the symptoms may become. At this stage, the climber may experience dementia and a lack of physical coordination, ultimately lapsing into a deep coma. …(Read more)