A few days ago, I read a post on a social media app about 10 year- old boy who hailed to the Mount Everest basecamp with his parents. Everest base camp is considered a remarkable milestone of the journey. I got intrigued by the fact that what’s the fascination behind the desire to climb the tallest mountain in the world.
I believe that the human species’ impulse to conquer great fear is coded into our DNA. Don’t we humans have an inbuilt deep desire for exploration? We have gone to the moon, now we are thinking about mars, and we explored the ocean’s deep trenches. We set foot on the roof of earth and summit Mount Everest.
Climbing Mount Everest and watching the earth from the top even for a few minutes, is a source of wonder and extremely desirable fascination for many.
However, Climbing Everest is a daring venture that has taken many people’s lives, and the snow and rocks of Everest preserve the dead bodies of fearless men and women forever. Spending eternity here!
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first conquered Everest in 1953 as part of a British expedition, and mountaineers have followed their footsteps ever since.
For years, this tallest peak is also home to many dead humans! (well, don’t worry; they are not going to turn into zombies until the zombie apocalypse comes).
There are around 300 dead bodies on Everest. These bodies on the Everest now work as gruesome miles for aspiring climbers. There is a standard protocol for climbers, to leave the dead bodies, where they are.
Death Zone – Roughly above 26,000 feet, the top of Everest is called “the death zone.” Here oxygen levels drop to dangerous levels, only one-third from the sea level. Climbers can feel bodyweight 10 times heavier, very harsh climate of mountains, difficult paths, and terrain. On top of the risks of avalanches, these all are perfect ingredients for a disaster.
Then, why take the risk on your life? is it just for a few moments of glory or an urge to conquer the highest mountain.
It is not so bad to spend eternity on the top of the earth. Few climbers wanted their bodies to be left on the mountain if they died.
Green Boot – Earlier, every climber was supposed to pass through the body of green boots, which is believed to be Indian climber Tsewang Paljor, an Indian climber who died in 1996.
There are so many pictures of these dead bodies circulating on the internet. But I do not include those pictures in this post because it cannot be a good experience for a few of my readers.
Here is a source if you want to checkout those great men and women.
So what do you think? Fear of failed impulse! or something to feel more than your life. What is the fascination behind conquering the world’s tallest mountain: Mount Everest