Peak Experience

By: Truett & Mateo

Economic impact

These are the economic impact on Everest benefits. For all mountains over 21,300 feet need a permit to climb. Since Mount Everest is over 29,000 feet there is a base height of $1,000 and an extra $500 for every 1600 feet. The permit will be around $3350 to Nepal. To get up the mountain you have to pay $25,000 royalty fee or permit for one person or $70,000 for a seven member climb. This is how Nepal gets its money for climbing Everest. To get more tourism the Nepal government stated in 2007 that they would cut the royalty fee during the fall and winter, since it is a colder time of year.

The economic impact for Tibet is different from the economic impact on Nepal. Tibet is under control of the Chinese government and they securely close the border and allow very few people to climb the north side. Unlike Nepal, Tibet doesn’t require a certain age for you to climb. You just have to have a permit. The Tibet side is safer than the Nepal side according to the first website 106 climbers have died on the Tibetan side while 176 climbers died on the Nepalese side. The north face side is much safer and less dangerous than the south face.

Preparation for Climbing

If you are planning to summit Everest, you will need a ton of supplies. To start out with you will need at least $55,000, which includes your climbing permit, if you plan on climbing alone ($25,000 for 1 person; $70,000 for a party of seven). The climbing gear will cost around $30,000 to $100,000 for each person including your food and shelter (which in this case is a tent). Here are some items that you will need to reach the summit:

v Large weather-proof backpack

v Helmet

v One or two ice axes

v Goggles (have to protect against UV rays)

v Climbing boots

v Crampons

v Technology on the mountain (communication)

v Journal (to track progress)

v Camera

v Mountaineering Suit

v Neck Gaiter

v Campsite/Tent

v Sleeping Bag

v Food

If you are willing to make these sacrifices by buying these supplies and paying the climbing permit, you will be almost set to summit Everest. One more element that you need to summit Everest is your willingness. If you are willing to do something and put effort into it, you can accomplish anything.

Climate on Everest

The climate on Everest is very extreme in January the coldest month the average temperature is -33 degrees F or -36 degrees C and it can drop to below -76 degrees F or -60 degrees C. If you want to summit in July the average temperature is -19 degrees C or -2 degrees F. The temperature never rises above freezing on the summit. On the summit the wind speed can reach up to 80 kmh/50 mph. from the middle of October to the start of April there continuous winds at the speed of 74mph. The wind-chill temperature on Everest during the winter is as low as 70 to 90 degrees Celsius below zero. The best time to climb Everest is around the 23 of march when there is a week of stable winds at the summit. The worst time to summit is from November to February when the global southwest flowing jet stream beats the summit with wind speeds up to 285 kmh/ 177 mph, but even if you go during the good time to summit winds can still arise suddenly on the summit.

Precipitation falls during the monsoon season during the summer. Sometimes unexpected storms can drop 10ft or 3 m of snow on the mountain. At the summit there is a less chance of precipitation unless it is the monsoon season. Most of the precipitation falls during the monsoon season which is during the spring and summer. Scientists estimate that about 80% of the precipitation falls during this time. The average precipitation in a year is 18 inches. The humidity level in the summer reaches around 100% daily.

Biography of Peak

Peak Marcello Wood is a 14 Year old boy who enjoys climbing. He was born on June 6th,1992 and his mom and dad got divorced when he was a little boy. He now lives with his mother, Paula, Patrice, and his step-dad Rolf. He has gotten arrested once for climbing a skyscraper and was banned out of New York. In Court his real father showed up and decided to take him up to Everest. Only ten steps away, he stopped only to film his friend who needed to summit for his education. This good deed helped hi friend Sun-jo’s family and made him proud as well.

Biography of Sun-jo

Sun-jo is a Sherpa boy who lives in Nepal with his grandfather Zopa and he is 14 years old. Sun-jo and Zopa are both Buddhist monks. Sun-jo has been living with his grandfather Zopa and attending the Indrayani temple. Zopa brought Peak and Sun-jo to base camp. Sun-jo got his gear and was heading up the mountain with Peak. Captain Shek is wondering what Sun-jo is up to. Sun-jo has to ride under hay up to camp 3. Then Sun-jo, Yogi, Yash, and Peak make a summit attempt 1 day before Sun-jo’s birthday. Peak decides to get within ten feet of the summit and takes a picture of Yogi, Yash, and Sun-jo at the summit. Sun-jo becomes the youngest person in the world to summit Everest and he escape into Nepal because captain Shek sent Chinese soldiers to come and capture Sun-jo. He successfully escaped back into Nepal and is with is family. Since he became the youngest person to summit Everest, he was able to go back to school.

Holly Angelo's Report

Youngest Person Summits Everest

On March 31st Sun-jo Sherpa summits Everest minutes before his fifteenth birthday making himself the youngest person to reach the summit. This Nepalese boy climbed the highest peak in the world for freedom. Sun-jo needed to summit Everest so he could earn enough money to get him and his sited to attend school.

Holly Angelo, a news journalist, met this little Sherpa boy while trying for the summit as well. "I am so proud of him because if I can't reach it then he is an extraordinary boy!" Says Holly Angelo. Sun-jo's grandfather tried to reach the summit as well, but got sick and stayed behind. Instead, Yogi Sherpa and Yash Sherpa helped him get to the summit. "This is definitely a moment in history to remember."

- Holly Angelo