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6 Awesome Infographics on Everest

People love Everest. It is the ultimate achievement in mountaineering. It may not be that tough to climb and may not be impressive to the highly trained and technical mountaineer. But it still captures the imagination of the world. Since the release of the movie “Everest”, there has been a wave of interest on climbing and mountaineering in general and everest in particular.

These infographics provide interesting bits of information in beautifully crafted format that gives you a quick run down on pieces of information that you will definitely find interesting.

1. Everyone Who’s Ever Climbed Everest

Mount Everest Infographic

Brought to you by Slow Journalism.

This great infographic gives a detailed account on the number of attempts and deaths by year. An interesting fact is that ever since 1974, there has been successful summits on the mountain without a single year of break (except perhaps 2014 and 2015). Interestingly, the maximum number of deaths on the mountain (excluding 2015) was on 1996 – the year based on which the movie is made.

2. Deaths on Everest

This infographic shows the top 10 causes of death on Everest up to the year 2012. On the top is “Falls”, which aparantly happens when you are coming down from a successful summit. Everest takes a toll on your body and mind. While going up, you are driven by motivation to reach the summit. But when coming down, people become exhausted or become more careless. It is the coming down that is trickier that going up – not only on everest, but any mountain. There are also interesting tib-bits of information on the side boxes. This was beautifully crafted by Ed Hernandez and is a staff pick at Visual.ly.

3.  Everest Conquered 60 years ago

60 years after Mount Everest was summitted

From E and T Magazine

From E&T Magazine

This is a very interesting infographic from E&T magazine. This graphic gives you an idea of the tools that Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary used to climb. Note the Breathing aparatus that is a complicated contraption weighing 10kg. Today’s climbers have a very efficient and lightweight system. Note also the boots that look more like hiking shoes than a shoe that was designed for high altitude.

4. Death On The Mountain

This infographic from the National Post post again shows the death on Mount Everest but distributed by height rather than type or year. It also shows the nationalities of the victims who perished in their pursuit of the summit. Interestingly, most of the deaths happen above 8,000m (the death zone) and the Sherpas are the ones who are the maximum casualties.

5. Mount Everest

This is a nice piece of infographic visualization of the 60th anniversary of climbing Mount Everest. The graphics visualizes the entire expedition. In those days, reaching the location of the current basecamp from Katmandu took more than a month of trekking. Today it can be done in a matter of 10 days of less. Created by Michael Sandberg from his Data Visualization Blog.

6. Everest Basecamp Trek

This fantastic piece from Chris Berge shows the timeline and altitude gain when trekking the Everest Basecamp Circuit. As you can see, trek is not easy considering that on some days the altitude gain is quite quick and steep.

Health Benefits of Trekking, Hiking and Mountain Climbing

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir

Hiking

Photo credits – Flickr

Modern day human beings have existed for more than 200,000 years. During the last 50,000 years we have started to migrate to different parts of the world. We have crossed mountains, rivers, valleys and desserts to spread out. Our brains have been wired to explore the unknown and adventure is part of our inherent trait.

However, over the last 2,000 years as we became more civilized our lifestyle has become more sedentary. Especially now, where we have become very desk bound and have lost the inner desire to explore the great unknowns.

For the average person, mountain climbing and trekking seem to be something that is tiring and risky hobby. It conjures up images of feeling drained of energy, muscle aches and cramps and even health risks such as insect bites and poisonous plants at the very least and altitude sickness HACE and HAPE at worst. Besides that, a trekking or climbing trip requires you to plan in advance and even maybe take a couple of days off from work. But there are a lot of benefits to these activities. In fact far more benefits than the associated risks and our bodies and minds have been trained to explore. Trekking and mountain climbing provide a complete set of benefits from the physical, mental and social aspects.

Physical

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Your entire physical body benefits from trekking or climbing in many ways.

  • Your heart pumps at maximum capacity while your whole body works out.
  • It reduces blood pressure.
  • It increases the capacity of your lungs by heavy breathing.
  • It also clears the lungs of residual air that resides in your lungs after you breathe out and in turn breathe in clean nature’s air.
  • It reduced blood sugar levels.
  • It increases blood oxygenation levels. Meaning the amount of oxygen that your blood carries to different parts of your body.
  • It helps to control your weight by burning fat deposits throughout the body.
  • It improves coordination of movement between your eyes, hands and feet.
  • It improves your sense of balance as you need to walk over uneven terrain or even small ridges.
  • It improves bone density as you carry heavy loads at varying inclines.
  • It improves your skin texture and tone.
  • It tones up your muscles and makes them more resilient and flexible.
  • It is the perfect interval training where there are bursts of extreme effort such as scrambling and rock climbing followed by mild walking or short sprinting.
  • It improves the quality sleep.

Mental

Free Your Mind

Photo credits – Flickr

Apart from the physical aspect, trekking and mountain climbing seem to benefit your mental state a lot more than what is perceived.

  • It helps you to focus on the current state.
  • Extreme sense of happiness, contentment and fulfillment.
  • It helps you to stay calm and reduce stress.
  • It helps in self-esteem.
  • It helps in better perception and self-awareness.
  • It also helps in improving your creativity.
  • Besides that, your brain recharges more by triggering areas that are not normally active when you are at work or doing your mundane daily job.

Social

Photo credits – Flickr

Trekking and mountain climbing with friends and families can provide a sense of satisfaction that you wont get anywhere else.

  • More time for bonding with family members or group.
  • Expectations are more basic which makes you appreciate the simple things in life.
  • Acceptance of different kinds of people and the ability to adjust and get along.
  • Less reliance on technology means more reliance on one-to-one conversations.
  • People who undergo a common shared experience have a lasting relationship long after the experience is over.
  • More time for introspection and reflection of yourself.
  • More appreciation of the world and your place in it.

Personal

There are a lot of personal benefits that help you in your day to day life.

  • It helps you in planning ahead and being organized.
  • It helps you to learn some basic life and survival skills.
  • It helps you to focus on what is more important.

No other activity can provide such a complete set of benefits to the body, mind and soul. Whats more, you get to see some of nature’s beauty. The breathtaking views, the clean air and the vast expanse of space spread out before you.

 References

Here are some other articles from the internet that you will find interesting.

Climbing The 14 Highest Volcanoes in Indonesia

The reticent volcano keeps His never slumbering plan —
Confided are his projects pink To no precarious man.

Emily Dickinson

Indonesia is the land of the volcanoes. Some of the most active and dangerous mountains exist in Indonesia. Indonesia sits at what is called the “Pacific Ring of Fire” where the Eurasian Plate, Pacific Plate and the Indo-Australian Plate meet and grate against each other. This region is the most geologically active part of the world and prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Because of these eruptions, the lands surrounding the mountains are usually rich in minerals and extremely fertile for farming. Naturally, human beings settle down in these areas in spite of running the risk of living near a volcano. This makes for an easy access to the mountains as there are settlements near by.

Here in, i want to show you the 14 most beautiful volcanoes in Indonesia that i plan to climb over the course of my climbing.

Why 14 only when Indonesia has more than a 100 volcanoes? The picture below shows the sheer number of volcanoes that are spread across Indonesia.

From Wikipedia

Out of these, 14 are more than 3,000m in height and is a good cut off for making an objective of climbing. It is easier to accomplish things when there is an objective. It makes planning easier.

15 volcanoes

The 14 volcanoes are spread across the various islands of Indonesia. Having scaled highest two of the 14 mountains, i hope to scale the rest of the 12.

1. Mount Kerinci (3,805m)

Kerinci is the highest active volcano in Indonesia and stands at 3,805m.

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It last erupted in 2009 and still continues to spew out ash clouds. I had climbed this mountain back in 2013. You can read it here. The climb can be done from the nearest village of Kersik Tuo. The full climb takes two days with an overnight tent camping at 3,500m. To Reach Kersik Tuo, you need to fly to Padang and take a 7 hour ride.

2. Rinjani (3,726m)

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Rinjani is a massive mountain and is still active. The main mountain erupted sometime back in 1257ad causing a global impact on weather and temperature patterns called the “Little Ice Age”. Today, a smaller volcanic mountain within the caldera called “Gunung Baru” that seems to erupt quite frequently, as early as May 2010.

I had climbed Rinjani in Mid 2013. You can read about it here. This one is a tough climb.

Overall, the trek may take about 3/4 days with the closest village being Senrau. You must fly to Mataram and take a vehicle to reach Senaru.

 3. Semeru (3,726m)

From Wikipedia

Semeru, Also called Mahameru, is a massive volcano that is constantly spewing out ash and dust clouds at a predictable frequency of 20 to 30 minutes. It is in a state of near constant eruption since 1967.

Details on climbing Semeru are here.

4. Slamet (3,432m)

From Wikipedia

Slamet, located at Central Java is an active volcano that last erupted as recently as September 2014.

Details on climbing Slamet are here.

5. Sumbing (3371m)

From Wikipedia

Another Volcanic mountain in Central Java. Last known eruption in 1730 AD.

Details of climbing Sumbing are here.

6. Arjuno-Welirang (3,339m)

From Wikipedia

Last erupted in 1952, it has been inactive since, but not dormant. It is actually considered the “Twin” mountains of Arjuno and Welirang, each above 3,000m at the summit.

Details of climbing Arjuno and Welirang are here.

7. Raung (3,332m)

From Wikipedia

Having erupted as early as July 2015, this mountain is a relatively safe climb and is very acessible from a village near by. The true summit requires technical climbing skills with ropes to reach.

Details of climbing Raung are here.

8. Lawu (3,265m)

From Maestrobali

This is considered one of the easiest mountains to climb with a well laid out path. It last erupted in 1885 and has since been inactive.

Details on climbing Lawu is here.

9. Dempo (3,173m)

From rmolsumsel.com

Last erupted in 2009, this mountain has a whopping 7 craters on the summit.

Details on climbing Dempo are here.

10. Merbabu (3,145m)

From Wikipedia

Last erupted in 1979, this is not an active volcano.

Details on climbing Merbabu are here.

11. Agung (3,142m)

From Wikipedia

The highest mountain in Bali. It last erupted in 1963/64 period.

Details of climbing Agung are here.

12. Sindoro/Sundoro (3,136m)

From Wikipedia

Last erupted in 1971 with increased activity reported in 2011/12.

Details on climbing Sindoro are here.

13. Iyang-Argapura/Argapuro (3,088m)

From Wikipedia

No recent activity has been reported on this mountain. The last unverified eruption was more than 500 years ago. This is considered one of the most isolated mountains to climb.

Details on climbing Argapura are here.

14. Cereme/Ciremai (3,078m)

From Wikipedia

Last erupted in 1951.

Details on climbing Cereme are here.

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