Climbing Everest With Supplemental Oxygen

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Climbing Everest With Supplemental Oxygen The use of supplemental oxygen has remained one of the most controversial aspects of climbing Everest for years. Evidence throughout past expeditions and summit attempts show that the clear choice is to use oxygen. While there are several disadvantages to using oxygen, they can’t compete with the risks taken when one does not use oxygen. The benefits outweigh the obstacles. There are substantially more benefits of choosing to use supplemental oxygen when attempting to summit Everest. There is a much higher success rate (1). Whether you’re a professional climber or not, you can’t train yourself not to breathe (2). The body needs oxygen to function. Without it, you can’t survive. Perhaps you may be able to acclimate yourself to the high altitude of Everest, but you can only stay alive for so long. …show more content…

First off, bottles of oxygen can be very expensive. They can be up to one-thousand dollars each (1). There is also a risk that a mistake may have been made when filling up the bottle. If any water vapor (or any other impurities) enter the bottle, the bottles can freeze at high altitudes and are rendered useless (1). Some critics claim that the use of oxygen on Everest is “cheating” (1). They compare the use of oxygen to the use of steroids, and if supplemental oxygen was used on the climb, it’s not a legitimate summit attempt. In their minds, if the climber is unable to acclimatize themself, then they don’t deserve the honor of being recognized as someone who has summited Everest. Oxygen bottles are also very hard to obtain for Everest expeditions and summit attempts. The closest and most reliable place to purchase oxygen bottles for an Everest climb is in Russia (1). Oxygen bottles cannot be flown (1), so they must be transported by ship to southern India. Once they have arrived there, they are carried overland to

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