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Beware: Avalanches Lie Ahead- Retirement Income Planning is Vital
Everest is approximately 29,029 feet, and above 26,000 is known as the “death zone.” Sudden weather changes and avalanches are common. Bad weather and overcrowding can create very short windows of opportunity to summit, and climbers race to finish when caution is more advisable. Many things can cause deaths on these climbs but poor physical conditioning and crowded conditions are prominent. Some climbers wait 24 hours at a lower altitude to better acclimate to the climate and also have extra oxygen brought up. Those who are impatient put themselves in danger. The phrase, “Haste makes waste” comes to mind. The bottom line…extreme mental and physical endurance are necessary to climb Mt. Everest successfully.