Monday, May 21, 2012

Why People Climb Mt. Everest In May?

Mount Everest from Kalapatthar. Pavel Novak

Why Does Everyone Climb Everest In May? -- Popular Mechanics

This past weekend, scores of adventurers tried to ascend the world's tallest peak—and not all of them made it alive. We asked a geographer who's climbed Everest why this is about the only time of the year to try it and whether he saw any bodies on his trip to the top.

The AP reported this morning that three climbers who attempted to scale Mount Everest this weekend died and that two more were still missing. But about 150 climbers managed to summit the world's highest peak on either day—including a 73-year-old who became the oldest woman to reach the zenith.

Why is everyone ascending Everest in May? To find out, and to get other answers to our questions about Everest, we talked to John All, a geographer at Western Kentucky University. All climbed Everest in 2010 via the Northeast ridge and has spent a year collecting data on climate change at Nepal's base camp.

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My Comment: Yup .... it all comes down to the weather.

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