Top 5 Dangers on Mount Everest

There are many physical dangers you must be aware off when climbing on the high slopes of Mount Everest. Here we look at the top five, these are not in any order.

1: Crevasses

Crevasses on Mount Everest

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There are many crevasses opening up and closing on Mount Everest, more so in the Khumbu Icefall. A crevasse can as deep as the length of a football pitch and as wide as a house or ten feet deep and 4 foot wide, whatever the size it can be deadly. A crevasse is usually covered by a snow bridge which is made of snow built up over previous years. The result is that a crevasse is nearly always invisible and thus lethal to the climber attempting to navigate their way across a glacier. If you end up at the bottom of a deep crevasse then there is usually no way out.

2: Avalanches

Avalanche on Mount Everest

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An avalanche is a sudden, drastic flow of snow pouring down a mountain side. This can occur by natural triggers, such as fresh snow settling on old snow or artificial triggers, such as climbers. A climber usually has little time to move once an avalanche has started above them. If a climber gets caught up in it he or she can be pushed down the mountain by several hundred feet and at a high speed. The climber could end up being buried alive or pushed of the slope of the mountain to thousands of feet below. Today, most qualified mountain guides have a good knowledge on how to spot a possible avalanche and then to avoid the area if possible.

3: Rock Fall

Rock fall from above could seriously injury or even kill you. It does not have to be rock, it could be large lumps of solid ice. A climber above you could be kicking in with their feet to get a grip and loosen some debri that would come hurtling down to you. A tired climber could sit down for a rest and dislodge some rocks not knowing of its danger to those below.

4: The Weather

Bad Weather on Mount Everest

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The weather on Mount Everest is so changeable that if you get caught out, it could end up killing you. All weather reports must be studied with great care, they will let you know when it is safe to climb high or when it’s best to stay down low. Wind speed on Everest can reach 100 mph +, the temperature can range from anything between 10 to -25 Celsius or colder with the wind chill. The weather will make or break your dreams on reaching the summit. This is probably the most physical danger there is on Mount Everest.

5: Other Climbers

Over Crowding on Mount Everest

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Believe it or not but other climbers can be a physical danger to you. The biggest problem would be from overcrowding, imagine being at the foot of the Hillary Step and there is a 30 minute wait to climb it because of a slow climber. If a climber above you falls or slips there is a chance that he/she could take you down too. A tired climber can become clumsy, disorientated and forgetful, a simple mistake could be disastrous for someone else.

If you intend to follow your dream and climb Mount Everest one day then you need to be aware of these dangers, but if you are careful and lucky, you will reach the top of the world and arrive home safe and well.