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Awareness on Less-Discussed Side of Mountain Climbing

No matter how interesting the life of mountain climbers might sound or seem, it is not just about physical strength, there is a lot about developing mental health as well before one could think of climbing the heights.

According to a survey, one person out of every seven people who reach the tip of Mount Everest, dies. The growing numbers of summits at Everest, 6-8 people die every year has totaled to more than 250 deaths from 1921 to 2018. Apart from that, a study with MRI brain scans on 35 climbers showed brain injuries.

There are a number of challenges a climber faces that include headaches, insomnia, hypothermia, nausea, HACE (high-altitude cerebral edema), HAPE (high-altitude pulmonary edema), dizziness, fatigue, frostbite and snow blindness among other forms of acute and life-threatening mountain conditions. The serious effects of climbing mountains can cause a long-lasting impact on physical condition of a mountaineer.

Keeping in mind the mental, physical and overall health challenges while chasing adventure at high altitudes, both the professional and amateur climbers should consider the risks and accordingly seek help in order to stay safe and make the best of their expedition experience.

After earning a graduation in information technology, Sara Earnshaw opted for a Master in mass communication from University of Nebraska Lincoln. Sara Earnshaw began her career by working as a correspondent in Southeast Asia. After that she moved back to the US and started covering science and technology stories.

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