Climbing Too Extreme?

Mental, crazy, heading for a death wish!

We hear you loud and clear – sometimes the feats that climbers attempt are one scary challenge.

We all know that climbing in itself can be scary for some (especially because of heights!) but still we keep going. It’s the adrenaline rush that pushes us forward. It keeps us reaching for new heights, stretching and holding on through the pain and provides us that satisfying sense of accomplishment when we stand at the top and look back and see how far we have come.

But do some climbers take the risks too far?

Is it always worth that extra push to complete a death-defying adventure?

Considering many of the recent accidents that have taken place on a few of the most famous mountains such as the avalanche on Mount Blanc which claimed the lives of 9 climbers.

“Officials say they believe the avalanche, around 13,000 feet, started when a nearly 16-inch-thick sheath of ice broke off and slid down the northern face of Mont Maudit, which abuts Mont Blanc.”

…and there are ones that are renowned for the catastrophe they caused such as the tragedy of K2 which is regarded as one of the worst climbing diasters to date … It can be hard to understand why, sometimes, climbers wish to increase the risks to their safety. Is it always worth it? Is climbing too extreme?

Recently we heard of Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki attempting Everest alone and without oxygen! Last we heard he was safe and sound and had actually made it up to base camp 2 and is just waiting to head over to camp 3 in order to get in position for his summit bid

and then the accomplishment of German climber and skier Benedikt Böhm caught our attention. He summited and skied down the world’s eighth highest peak without the use of supplemental oxygen in less than 24 hours! An amazing achievement to say the least, but this was only a week after a deadly avalanche claimed the lives of at least 11 people on Manaslu.

“The decision to try for the summit after such a tragedy was a difficult one, but ultimately I decided to climb in their honour and it also helped me cope with the emotional challenges I was also going through from being first on-scene to such a tragedy,” Böhm said in a press release.

Although we cannot criticise their amazing efforts, we sometimes wonder whether the risks were worth it, especially after such disastrous epidemics.

What do you think,

…can climbing be too extreme? Are some climbers just plain stupid? Or should we all be willing to push the boundaries and take some risks?