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Part one: Dangers of Everest.

:silly: Located on the China-Nepal border, this is the highest peak in the world at 8850m above sea level; it's in the mountain range called the Himalayas. A translation of Himalaya means the home of the snows and that's true, despite being located near a tropical zone. It could be 35C or higher in the Himalaya foothillls, but -30C above 6,000m with reports of being -60C in winter and there's a lot of glaciers also. These are two of the many factors that makes Everest so hard to climb and a challenge to even the most experienced mountain climbers. Climbers coming in from Nepal have to travel through a hot tropical jungle carrying Arctic gear, up the sometimes steep mountain slopes and to bast camp. Climbers from China, have to travel through the huge, 4,000m+ desert-like plateau and it is very cold already there. All climbers of Everest have to acclimatize to the high-altitude air before continuing on their ascent and there is no easy way up. The slopes on Everest are very icy, rocky, windy and avalanche-prone, so heads up to those on the slopes. (Some people have skied Everest and some DID NOT RETURN.) :o Those who travel on the valley glaciers have to face a plethora of problems also; glaciers spawn crevasses and they are known for swallowing people. Some crevasses are 50m+ deep, so don't look down when you cross it! They could be hidden beneath the snow in winter, so be careful where you step!!! :o:wacko: Icefalls from glaciers are a hazard also; one notorious icefall is the Khumbu Icefall on the Khumbu Glacier (this is also the main route up Everest). The glacier falls 600m over a distance of 1.5km, shattering the once smooth surface of the glacier. This icefall is a mess of huge ice boulders the size of houses and it's very hard finding a route through this chaos. Some peole have been crushed by falling ice boulders, one was 12 stories tall. :huh: Some avoid the hazardous glacier travel, and travel on the wind-swept ridges, but its still difficult. The winds blow at 175km/h and its steep, icy and rocky, but be very careful on the sometimes razor-thin ridges, it's a LOOOONG fall down on ethier side, a dangerous and tedious climb. :unsure::o Ridges are exposed to the fury of the weather, unlike the valley glaciers below, another factor. Snowstorms and blizzards with hurricane-force winds are common here and they could strike within a minute; clear, blue sky to complete whiteout in a minute. The climate and weather here is very harsh and inhospitable in addition to the cold temperatures (no rain falls here). Being this cold at -30C or less, the air is dry and the little snow that falls here gets blown away causing a snow plume to form; this is a very high desert, the difference is that there's a little snow here. There is one more hazard to talk about, the Death Zone, but this is all i feel like typing right now, pic will come later also. :D

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Part 2: Dangers of Everest, the Death Zone. :sick::ph34r::o:unsure::wacko:

Speaking of high altitude of Everest , above 7,700m is the Death Zone; the air here is not enough for a human to live on, so they bring air tanks. Air at sea level is dense enough to fulfill a man's needs, but as you go higher, the air pressure is less and the air thins also. Ever notice why you breathe harder and your heart pumps faster when you exercise at higher-altitudes? Your blood needs more red blood cells to transport the the oxygen and your heart pumps faster to get more oxygen shipped. Your lungs have to work harder to get more oxygen, so those people that live high up have large lungs. So most need the oxygen tank for the final 1,000m of Everest, but some have taken on the summit without the aid of the tank. :w00t: Some have altitude sickness just going up to base camp. :sick::wacko:

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http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Everest.0to3top.shtml Here is the live forecast for Everest, and just to note, if you decide to tackle Everest NOW, YOU ARE A FOOOOOOOOL!! Everest will clobber you! Freezing levels and snow would be found at the 3000-3500m level and to most people 15C to -10C seems already cold enough. The forecast gives you weather data at 3 levels, 4300m, 6500m, and 8850m, which is the top. The report says temps there are like -41C and due to the 100km/h wind, you better BUNDLE up! Wind chill readings are like -75C and your hands will quickly be frostbitten if you don't bundle up. You might consider climbing Everest in summer, but HAHAHA, Everest has no summer in our terms; it's permanent winter! We think of summer as hot and balmy, but Everest's 'summer' is at -28C and freak-blizzards come at any second. So now you know why this mountain is so hard to climb...many have died... :unsure:
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Wikipedia says:

"Most attempts are made during April and May before the summer monsoon season. A change in the jet stream at this time of year reduces the average wind speeds high on the mountain. While attempts are sometimes made after the monsoons in September and October, the additional snow deposited by the monsoons and the less stable weather patterns makes climbing more difficult."

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