Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Day 8: Problem Solution Outline

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Attention Getter: Fact provided by FPMEE, Mozcom Inc. states 186 dead so far from trying to climb Mt. Everest.

State the Problem: Mt. Everest is a dangerous place to be and its most ultimate consequence is death. Some evidence of this is the example of a climber named Sharp, who was 1000 ft below the peak and was deprived of oxygen. Some other evidence is that there is an area above 25,000 ft that is known as the death zone. Some Contributing factors of this problem are that you have a very little chance of getting help if you fall and are deprived of oxygen and your personality type can affect how rules are enforced.

Thesis: Mount Everest is a dangerous place to be and its most ultimate consequence is death. We MUST find a solution to help cause less deaths.

Body Paragraph 1: Some evidence that helps prove this problem is that there was once a Man named Sharp who was just 1000 ft below the peak on his descent and he was deprived of oxygen. He ended up dying because of his conditions. Next, there is an area on Mt. Everest that is known as the death zone. This area is above 25,000 ft and it has sparse oxygen, fierce winds, negative 100 degrees below wind chill, impaired judgment, blizzards, avalanches, mile deep crevices, sheer terrain, and fatal mountain sickness. Also, it is difficult to eat or drink while up in the death zone. There is an oxygen level that is one third of that at sea level which means you will have to breathe four times faster or fifty times a minute. There is air dry enough to drop your water content level in your blood from 50 percent to 15 percent.

Body Paragraph 2: Some contributing factors of this problem are that you have a low chance of surviving if you stop on the way up the mountain and you cannot go on. If you produce a hacking cough it can become strong enough to crack your ribs. If that just so happens to occur, then you will have a low chance of surviving unless you are with a Sherpa who can safely bring you down the mountain or call in a helicopter to bring you down. There is a possibility that you will get hypothermia, exhaustion, and even hallucinations. When people start seeing things like light or even fire maybe from their hallucinations they ended up staying in the spot and sit there until they die. If you have a low oxygen capacity in your lungs it will be difficult to breathe at high altitudes because of the thin air.

Body Paragraph 3: Some other contributing factors include that it is extremely cold up on Mount Everest. With temperatures reaching down to 100 degrees below when you reach the death zone there is a high chance of somebody freezing up there if they give up and don’t go on. Another contributing factor is that this mountain can turn ordinary people into believers. Because this mountain is the highest point on the earth, there are many people who want to climb this mountain just for that reason may just be climbing to their death. Also, your personality type can influence how the rules are enforced while climbing the mountain. Impaired judgment can also cause you to die because if you end up making stupid decisions you will have a higher chance of dying. Also the money put into this expedition will make people just forget about the fallen climbers and leave them to their death because the only thing they have on their mind is the summit. The summit will always be there, but life will not always be there.


Restate thesis: One of the most dangerous place on the earth is Mount Everest and its most ultimate consequence is death. There is a NEED to find a solution to cause less deaths.

Key Points: Some key evidence is that there is an area called the death zone above 25,000 ft, it can get to below 100 degrees, there are many blizzards, avalanches, and there is very little oxygen. Also the air is dry enough to drop your water content level in your blood from 50 to 15 percent. Some key contributing factors are that it is really cold up on the mountain and you can freeze easily if you are not careful. Also, your personality type can influence how the rules are enforced on the mountain.

Solution: A solution would be to not to climb this mountain at all or at least get some experience on some other mountains before climbing Mount Everest. This would help you get used to mountains and possibly make it a little easier to climb Mount Everest. Also, if you do not climb this mountain at all you will ensure that you won’t die for at least a little while longer.

Attention Goer: 1996 was the most single worst year for deaths on mount everest, claiming 15 lives. This info was provided by EzineArticles.

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1 comment:

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