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Can I expect to visit Camp 1 and beyond on an Everest base camp expedition?

No one is allowed to just show up at base camp and expect to be able to advance to any of the other camps. First of all, there is a lot of paperwork that must be completed before you're even granted ...
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Why do Everest climbers go up, down and up again, instead of acclimatizing by simply staying in a camp longer?

Basically what happens is that the body needs some time to start producing more red blood cells. If you stay at the higher level your body can't cope with the acute lack of oxygen and as a result you ...
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Is there really no way to rescue a climber from the death zone?

The problem with rescuing someone in the death zone is, well, that it is the death zone. Supplemental oxygen helps, but the decreased pressure is also problematic. If you are injured or sick, you are ...
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Why do Everest climbers go up, down and up again, instead of acclimatizing by simply staying in a camp longer?

Acclimatization is like training a muscle. You create a stimulus and recover. If you stay at a high altitude, your recovery will be limited and acclimatization will be slow. Note that while this is ...
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What consequences would someone face who attempted to summit Everest on their own?

Trekking =! climbing. You wouldn't make it unless you have significant climbing experience. First off without climbing experience and high altitude climbing experience (over 5000 m) you have almost ...
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Training to Circumambulate Around Mount Kailash

You have a wonderful goal! It is good that you understand it can take time to work up to this trip. I recommend that you think in terms of several years, not decades, because (a) after 50, most ...
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How come there's a camp in the "Death Zone" on Mount Everest's north route?

To quote Wikipedia's article on the Death Zone: In mountaineering, the death zone refers to altitudes above a certain point where the pressure of oxygen is insufficient to sustain human life for an ...
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Is there really no way to rescue a climber from the death zone?

This sort of hard decision happens at lower elevations. In some ways harder: The Death Zone scenarios obliges you to abandon the victim to save the rest of the party. At lower elevations it's often ...
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Is there really no way to rescue a climber from the death zone?

Assuming weather conditions were perfect, and the condition you were treating was mostly oedema, then a hot air balloon with a hyperbaric chamber may be possible. However, conditions are rarely ...
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Training to Circumambulate Around Mount Kailash

According to this webpage, the trail starts at 15,000 feet and includes a 18,000 ft pass. My recommendation would be to do some aerobic exercises, to prepare for the lower oxygen levels. I sure that ...
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Was Alison Hargreaves the second person to summit Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen and without support?

NO, she wasn't even close to 2nd. From 1978 to 1995 is 17 years!!! Plenty of others. "On this date, Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler were the first to climb to the top of Mount Everest without ...
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Is there really no way to rescue a climber from the death zone?

If you can get to the person, a rescue operation is 90% done. A danger zone is a danger zone because spotting someone is often impossible, let alone getting near them. I never heard of anyone passing ...
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What happens when someone dies on Mount Everest?

I figured you would have probably found out the answer by now but in case you didn't here it is. Yes. They found his body shortly after he died. IMAX was filming a documentary on Everest and two ...
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What consequences would someone face who attempted to summit Everest on their own?

If : you are sufficiently acclimatized from elsewhere (for example, you very recently did another 8000m peak) and you have the right gear and food, and you are sufficiently trained to climb solo ...
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What easy 6,500m peaks would serve as easy qualifiers for Everest?

As a preliminary peak for Everest, there are several mountains ranging from 6000-8000m peaks. Climbing 6000m peak (Island Peak or Lobuche East) is basically included these days on the Everest ...
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