10 Things To Note After Engaging With “Scaling Everest”

“Scaling Everest” by Richard Johnson, Bonnie Berkowitz, and Lazaro Gamio outlines an online interactive journey from the peak of Mount Everest to its lowest point. It takes its viewers through South Col, the most popular route to the peak of Mount Everest, through elevation measures, images, sounds, quotes, and quick informational blurbs. This list will provide you with a brief summary of my personal experience reading “Scaling Everest.”

By Ava Allred

1. At 29,000ft, we are at the top of the world.

When we open the page to “Scaling Everest,” this is where we begin. From here, we will be scrolling through until we hit Mount Everest’s lowest point. As seen in the image, they include how climbers celebrate their climb. A short audio clip can be listened to of Lydia Bradey’s enthusiastic description of this once-in-a-lifetime view and experience. If you scroll a bit, it includes a blurb about Hillary Step, one of the last major obstacles before reaching the peak, and says that the queue only moves “as fast as the slowest climber.”

2. High Camp: The Camp Before the Summit

High Camp is the last place where climbers camp before attempting their summit at the top. At this area, climbers are only about half a mile from the top, but it will take about 8 to 10 hours to reach it from this point. At around 25,312ft up Mount Everest, “Scaling Everest” includes ones of the deadliest places on the South Col route to the peak. As seen in the image, “more than 250 deaths” have been recorded at this area. The audio in this section includes Lydia Bradey’s account of passing dead bodies in this area of her climb.

3. The Trials of Camp III

Camp III is one of the most dangerous stops in the South Col route. At this camp, most climbers stay in their tents, often tethered, because “moving around is too dangerous.” Most campers have restless night because of the dangerous area they are in, though this night of rest is extremely important, as Bradey says, because the next night they’ll be heading for the peak. “Scaling Everest” almost provides you with the same anxiety that real climbers may feel through its fast facts and interactive visuals.

4. Advanced Base Camp and Skipping Camp I

At about 20,890ft up Mount Everest, Camp II, or the Advanced Base Camp, is a “collection of tents spread across about 2,000 vertical feet. This part of “Scaling Everest” includes the controversial fact that Wang Jing rode a helicopter here from base camp in order to bypass the avalanche site. This raised the question of ethics in the climb. Is this “cheating?” This location is about two-thirds of the way to the peak of Mount Everest.

5. Everest’s first view: Camp I

At Camp I, the air at this point contains about half the oxygen of air at sea level and a couple hundred feet past this area, climbers can get their first glimpse of Mount Everest’s peak. Just before Camp I, climbers are forced to face Khumbu Icefall. As explained in the image I provided, this deadly area of ice has caused several deaths due the the ice constantly breaking and moving. I can practically feel the nervousness and intimidation in Pete Athans’s audio clip.

6. Base Camp: The easier climb

Base Camp is a pretty popular tourist attraction. Several people climb to this area with no intent to go any higher. This point in Mount Everest has doctors who specialize in altitude and motion sickness. I thought that the fast fact here was rather interesting. As seen in the photo, lots of human waste from all the way up the mountain ends up here at Base Camp, and takes its time breaking down.

7. First Taste of Elevation

At about 9,000ft in the air, climbers fly into “the world’s most dangerous airport.” Many people spend much of their time here hiking to get used to the altitude. Sherpas, who “set up and take down camps, fix climbing ropes, and assist climbers and carry the heaviest packs,” accompany the climbers in everything they do. The body begins adjusting here.

8. Where It Begins

At 4,500ft, arriving into Kathmandu is like arriving at an “ancient city.” This is griffin vulture territory, so climbers will begin seeing these birds sailing over Everest. Also, elephants can be spotted here as they live in Himalayan forests that go up to 3,000ft.

9. The Technical Beginning

Sea level is (technically) Mount Everest’s lowest point. Though you cannot reach sea level in anywhere in Nepal, Everest’s height is technically measured from here. This is the very bottom of “Scaling Everest’s” vertical story. We’ve reached the end of the story and the bottom of Mount Everest.

10. One Last Bit

At the very bottom of “Scaling Everest,” it includes the people’s voices we hear throughout the story, which is a personal favorite part of the story. It is interesting getting a glimpse of who these people are the the great height they were able to reach. They helped make this story come alive!

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