Future expeditions to Mount Everest jeopardous
Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay became household names after they climbed the towering heights of the tallest mountain in the world, the Mount Everest. It was very recently that American teenager Jordan Romero followed their footsteps and became the youngest person to climb the Everest. The 13 year old and his family are hopeful that his feat would inspire other youngsters.
As the season to summit the Everest comes to an end, the Sherpa mountaineers in Nepal don’t seem very optimistic about future expeditions. They claim that the melting ice and snow have exposed bare rock faces on Mount Everest, making it dangerous to climb the mountain. They also fear if the ice continues to melt at the same rate it could affect future expeditions.
As reported by the BBC, temperatures are rising faster at Mount Everest than the rest of South Asia. So, would climbing the Everest become a thing of the past? May be, may be not, but this is yet another reminder for all of us about the phenomenal impact of global-warming. Can we still rectify the damage that we have done to the environment through our actions or have we already lost the chance?