With the news that 4 more people have died on Mount Everest, adding to the bodies that are already there that can never be recovered, do you think the people still attempting to climb it are brave or stupid to take the risks?
Should something be done to limit who can make the attempt or should they just let people take the risk to kill themselves if that is what they want to do?
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I think they're a bit of both brave and stupid. Stupid for thinking they're any better or prepared than the ones that came before and never made it down, yet brave for knowing all that and trying anyway.
For climbers though I guess it's the mecca, the holy grail of mountains to conquer. It's probably a lifelong obsession for many. I'll stick to my Rocky Mountain hikes, thank you very much. I've got too much to live for.
I don't think there can be any kind of measure of preparedness in place for climbers, as to who can and can't make the attempt. I don't think it's possible when it comes to Everest. Some of the most qualified climbers in the world have died trying to reach the summit.
I'm sure there are stupid climbers, but i don't think everyone or maybe even most who try it are stupid. Its not a risk i'd be willing to take but i guess i don't think they are *stupid* simply for wanting to take it. For a lot, it just means the risk is worth the reward to them. Only ones i think are stupid would be ones who don't treat it seriously enough, with enough respect or are simply not prepared for what they have chosen to do. I honestly don't think at this climbing level there are THAT many that fall into this category. And yes i think you have to have a lot of courage to take on such a challenge.
I agree that there probably isn't a good measure for preparedness. Taking into account the fraction of people who actually want to do this, i say let them decide for themselves. It is their own life they are risking.
I did see in Wiki that China has put some age limits on the permits they will grant. I can especially agree with this for children seeing as they could be pushed by other individuals to partake when they truly have no concept of what they are getting into.
Other than that i guess i feel like it should be someones own choice to make.
I don't think it is stupid although I wouldn't do it. It's been climbed before with success so there is a precedence to think you will make it.
They only time I think mountain climbing is stupid is when someone is ill prepared. It happens a lot with tourists especially in Western Mass and in NH where they think they can climb during the winter and then they get lost and need search parties. Those people are stupid.
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Its a calculated risk that trained individuals take full well knowing the risks (and odds) that lie before them. Same as when I get in the car. I know the odds and risks, and accept them. I will say that this new push towards kids doing things (did I see that like, a 9 year old Indian kid just climbed it or some such? and the, like 15 year old who sailed around the world? And now some, like 12 year old is running a marathon on every continent? I could go on).....gives me pause. I know that obviously the parent is giving informed consent on behalf of the child.....but I wonder how much of a parents vanity or pursuit of glory might be tied up in that "consent"......and it makes me wonder if some sort of laws need to be put in place to protect kids....even the prodigies.....from undue risk at too early an age. Its a tough one. I mean, there isn't a law about how old a kid has to be to, like do something that kills every 1,000th person, but there are laws saying that kids can't drive a car till they are 17, you know? It seems odd.
It could be both. I think ill prepared climbers are foolish, unfortunately you cannot prepare for every contingency. Most extreme sports or activities could be considered stupid, but for the people that do them the reward is worth the risk. Before having kids I used to hike up a local volcano and then snow ski down, it was pretty dangerous. Now that I have kids I think the rewards are no longer enough.
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It could be either.
My MIL went to base camp years and years ago. It is very expensive to even go that far. Even at base camp the breathing is difficult. The pictures she has are breath-taking and lovely to look at but that is all I would want to do....look at pictures. She was at the base camp in Nepal which is at altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft).
I think that a lot of people figure that it costs so much, and takes so long to make the trek that they are going to try the summit no matter what and if there are storms coming (which was the latest case) they still continue on.
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