Brain Post: 17 Interesting Facts About Mount Everest


Hillary & Tenzig during the 1st summit of Everest in 1953

Hillary & Tenzing during the 1st summit of Everest in 1953

Everest climbing season is here.  Summits are about to be had.  Lives are about to be changed forever… for better or for worse.

Everest with forming clouds

Everest with forming clouds

MOUNT EVEREST FACTS

1. Everest grows 4mm higher every year due to geologic uplift

2.  1 in 10 successful summits ends in death

3.  Over 4,000 people have attempted to climb Everest

Mount Everest and friends

Mount Everest and friends

4. George Everest, Surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843, discovered Everest in 1841

5.  Mount Everest is also home to a very minute black jumping spider. These spiders hide in crevices and feed on frozen insects. Their food depends largely upon what is blown by the wind into the specific area.  They live as high as 22,000 feet.

6.  Over 235 people have died on Everest (exact number unknown)

Mount Everest's

Mount Everest’s North Face

7.  During 1996, around 15 people lost their lives while trying to descend from the summit of Mount Everest (the most in one year).  In 2012, 11 people perished on Everest (the 2nd most).

8. Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to conquer Everest, on May 19 1953

9. Over 2000 people have reached the top of Everest

Everest & HImalayas from the International Space Station

Everest & HImalayas from the International Space Station

10. There are around 120 dead bodies of climbers on the mountain

11. Avalanches are the greatest cause of death for climbers scaling Everest (Avalanches at about a 2:1 ratio over falls)

12. The summit is just below the cruising height of a jet

13. The youngest person to reach summit was 13 and the oldest 76

Min Bahadur Sherchan was nearly 77 years old when he reached the top on his first attempt

Min Bahadur Sherchan was nearly 77 years old when he reached the top on his first attempt

14. In Nepal the mountain is called Sagarmatha, meaning ‘forehead of the sky’.

15. In Tibet the mountain is known as Chomolangma for ‘mother of the universe’

Everest from the TIbetan plateau

Everest from the TIbetan plateau

16. It is the highest mountain in the world at 29,035 feet, although its exact height is often disputed

17.  Everest was created about 60 million years ago

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  7. Someone In the World

    Some facts were pretty good, but it maybe needs a update on some facts. Also it should be more exact in the facts. In general it was a good info page about Mt. Everest.

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  8. awesome sauce

    Actually the oldest person to climb mt everest was 80 years old!

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