7.) How heavy are the packs?
Depends on whose back they are on. Normally in mountain climbing, the big
loads start at 50 pounds and go to about 90 (after that, the climber
is lying... which is perfectly acceptable). These are the loads a guide
might be carrying in Alaska on Mount McKinley, a peak known for the big packs
people carry. Everest is not a mountain for big and heavy packs. Muscles
need Oxygen and they rarely get enough of it on Everest. As the altitude
gets extreme, the amount one can carry is greatly reduced. So a heavy pack
at 25,000 feet might be forty pounds. At the summit (29,000 feet) a heavy
load would be one oxygen bottle and granola bar, about 15 lbs.
Dave Hahn, Climber
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