Mount Everest: Reaching New Heights

Aasiyah A., Morenike A., and Kiara R.

Things To Know

  • Located in the Manalangur section of the Himalayas
  • 29,028 feet high
  • Was formed about 60 million years ago
  • Latitude 27 degrees 59' N, Longitude 56 degrees 56' E


Ascents

  • First Ascent: May 5, 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
  • First Solo Ascent: August 20, 1980 by Reinhold Messner
  • First Winter Ascent: February 17, 1980 by L. Cichy and K. Weilicki
  • First Ascent by an American: May 1, 1963 by James Whitaker
  • First Ascent by a Woman: May 16, 1975 by Junko Tabei
  • First Ascent by an American Woman: September 29, 1988 by Stacey Allison
  • First Ascent Without Oxygen: May 8, 1978 by Reinhold Messner and Pater Habeler
  • First Ascent by Legally Blind Person: May 25, 2001 by Erik Weihenmeyer

Fun Facts

  • The name for Mt. Everest in Nepal is Sagarmatha meaning goddess of the sky.
  • The name for Mt. Everest in Tibet is Chomolungma meaning mother goddess of the universe.
  • Mt. Everest was named after Sir George Everest in 1865, the British surveyor-general of India. Once known as Peak 15.
  • Sir George Everest was the first person to record the height and location of Mt. Everest, this is where Mt. "Everest" got its name from in American language.
  • Mt. Everest is the 5th tallest mountain measured from the center of the earth.
  • George Mallory was a British climber who might've reached the summit before disappearing in 1924.
  • Conrad Anker discovered the body of George Mallory while climbing Mt. Everest.
  • Mt. Everest rises a few millimeters each year due to geological forces.




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