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Tourism and Global Warming at Mt. Everest

By Sam Richard Subscribe to RSS | July 16th 2012 | Views:
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With growing awareness and more access to peaks like Mt. Everest, there - is a growing list of enthusiasts visiting such sites for experience, sojourn as well as to taste the thrill of risk.? Despite the shaking rocks and cracked boulders, which hint at an impending fall, the enthusiasm of such climbers remains undeterred. But, this is begins to raise the question as to whether sports like hiking and mountain climbing are really safe due to the effect of Global Warming.

Early Signs of Global Warming

The first sign of global warming seen at Mt. Everest is that its experiencing fewer snowy days, and the formation of ice is not stable. Concern and care is surely present during expeditions but they are still deemed as risky avenues. Climate change is happening faster due to ignorance as well as radical acceptance of lifestyles as we humans progress towards comforts that include the risk of playing with nature.

Concern Over The Increasing Number Of Climbers

In the earlier times, the enthusiasm to scale a peak was limited. However, with a global change in perspective and financial ability, there are a large number of people who want to experience the thrill. This was a domain of the local Sherpa who have a natural talent but now there is special training provided for people who want to reach the summit.

Assessing The Risk Factors

The success of Tenzing and Sir Hillary has been emulated by several people but now the test is getting riskier. Training camps entail disaster management as an essential part of detailing. Interestingly, tourism careers also include an assessment of risk factors while visiting adventure sites. Hence, new climbers are guided to assess the risks involved in scaling the world’s largest peak – Mt. Everest. The knowledge about risks due to global warming is beneficial so that basecamp training can include several kits and accessories to combat an emergency.

Flooding Of the Lakes

Glacial lakes are also a cause of concern as several people and Sherpas live around the range of Mt. Everest. The lakes are now flooding due to melting of ice around them and this can cause sudden floods to the adjoining area. The time of natural flooding cannot be envisioned but the potential risk is surely there which can cause damage to the dwellers at the foothills. Earlier too there was devastation, which caused severe disaster to life, property and infrastructure.

What Lies Ahead?

The change in climate is already seen as several climbers as well as sherpas talk about ice melting or water that is not converting as ice. Perhaps, a few decades from now the heat will dissuade ice formation and cause a threat to climbers. Seasoned climbers are also talking about cracks in rocks, which have a high probability of forming avalanches as well as cascading. Sherpas have also brought to the notice of conservationist’s the problem of disappearing glaciers and ice lakes. Several researches are conducted and methods of conservation are being implemented.

Sam Richard - About Author:
Author is recognized for its high educational quality standards, and expert in Tourism Careers, Hospitality Management, Travel & Tourism in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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