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Old 06-08-2019, 02:21 PM
SamuelA is offline
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Originally Posted by StarvingButStrong View Post
But....if you don't actually do the physical exertion of the climb, what's the point?
The "cableway to Everest" was to prevent climber deaths with proper infrastructure. That is, if supplies can be hauled, you can ensure every climber always has at least 2 oxygen bottles. There would be well secured safety lines all along the route. Large floodlights making sure there's enough light. Oxygenated and maybe pressurized heated shelters to sleep in at night. Climbers wouldn't have to haul anything but their protective clothing and oxygen, the food would be prepared and shipped up to each waypoint camp, the tents and ropes would be part of the climbing course. If someone has a medical emergency, there would be small aid stations with defibrillators and all the other lifesaving gear and they could be rushed back to better facilities through a cable car.

People would still die, but basically only from heart attacks from over-exertion and only rarely. You could even equip each climber with heart monitoring gear, similar to apple watches, and pull the ones who show the signs of failure. Also require an angiogram and stress tests before they are allowed to climb. Also expand the summit of Everest so that more climbers can take their selfies in parallel, and add safety nets.

If you can do daily battery or fuel cell changes, climbers could use heated suits (heating elements over the kidneys, in the gloves, in the boots), making the protective clothing lighter and also able to save them from hypothermia during blizzards.

Last edited by SamuelA; 06-08-2019 at 02:24 PM.