Sunday, February 11, 2007

Day Five

The problem on Mt. Everest is the death of climbers in the area on the mountain known as the death zone.

Some evidence of this is the amount of people that die in this area. 175 people have died on the mountain and there is said to be at least 41 bodies on the north side of the mountain. Because of the dangers the climbers do not camp a night in the death zone, they only stay in camp four for a few hours. One example of this problem would be the case of Rob Halls final expedition in which he was killed in a blizzard only a little ways from the summat in the death zone. In the video we saw in class last trimester one of the serpias describes a event in which he found a dieing climber who was suffering from pulmonary edema (a sickness in which fluid fills the lungs) and managed to save him. This is just one of many stories which shows the deadlyness of the altitude in the death zone.

Some contributing factors to the death in the death zone is the cold, high winds, lack of oxygen and the high altitude. The death is also caused by the fatigue the the climbers gain by climbing to the summat and not getting much sleep at camp four before they summat. As more and more time is spent in the death zone the climbers bodies deteriorate and the climbers suffer from more and more fatigue. The climbers also run a very high risk of running out of oxygen and then dieing from the lack of oxygen in the death zone.

The only solution to this problem is to train the climbers better and have very strict rules for the people that can climb the mountain. They should also to regulate the number of passes given out to climb the mountain. one final thing is to just expect that sometimes people will die climbing no matter what you do.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Day 3: Tartan Problem

1. State the problem:
Large groups of people who budge in the lunch line.

2. Give Evidence:
Very often if it is something good in the lunch line there will be many people who feel it's right to budge in the lunch line. This causes people to get their lunches even later then they were already going to be. It also causes the lunch workers to sometimes run out of the foods that people who were rightfully in the line wanted, which has happened to me on may occasion.

3. Contributing Factors:
This could be caused because people think that it is OK that if they have a friend in the line then it is OK for them to go join that friend in line. But it is usually a group of at least five people. People who budge as I have noticed often pat their friend on the back to show people behind them that they are friends with this person so it must be right.

4. Propose a Solution:
One solution for this is for stricter rules for the lunch line and have hall monitors and the lunch worker watch for these groups and refuse to serve them until they go and wait their turn. Another solution would be for people to take a stand for themselves and their place in line when it is threatened.

Monday, February 5, 2007


Writing Prompt: You have two friends who do not get along but you want them to be friends.

You should take time with each of them and if you don't know already find out what they like then you could get them togther sometime at an event that they both enjoy like bowling. Then if goes well you should keep doing something like this until they are good friends. If the first idea doesn't work you would have to try something else. Find out why your friends dont like each other and try to solve that problem so they could get along.