Brain Post: 17 Interesting Facts About Mount Everest

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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


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 a specific area.  They live as high as 22,000 feet.

6.  Over 300 people have died on Everest (exact number unknown).

7. In 2014, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake triggered an avalanche at base camp that killed 16 Sherpa and climbers and injured 61. This is the greatest tragedy ever seen on Everest. During 1996, around 15 people lost their lives while trying to descend from the summit of Mount Everest (the 3rd most in one year).  In 2012, 11 people perished on Everest (the 4th most).

8. Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to summit 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 the summit was 13 and the oldest was 80 (the same guy who skied Everest in 1971).

Yuichiro Miura 2 days ago after his summit of Everest at age 80
Yuichiro Miura 2 days ago after his summit of Everest at age 80
Yuichiro Miura also was the guy who famously skied down Everest in 1971.
Yuichiro Miura also was the guy who famously skied down Everest in 1971.

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

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

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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96 thoughts on “Brain Post: 17 Interesting Facts About Mount Everest

  1. Hello SnowBrains,

    You make proud to all Nepali people by posting this article which is the real fact. Mount Everest is a pride of Nepali people. And Government of Nepal has even put a Picture of it in Every Nepali note; after the democracy.

  2. dude kids here were all kids at least i think were “all kids” but i am a kid an this is a kid website do not be so rudely inappropriate talking to u Conner.

  3. It helped on a history project and saahith is beast cuz he believes the same thing: that it is amazing!

  4. Think positively you may get correct and exact rout
    Because nothing is impossible for man
    Expeaially to indians

  5. Yuichiro Miura is only 84 in 2016, and only 80 in 2013 not 88 as you state in the article.

    Yuichiro Miura (三浦 雄一郎 Miura Yūichirō?, born October 12, 1932) is a Japanese alpinist who in 2003, at age 70, became the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. This record was later broken. However, on May 26, 2008, Miura once again successfully summited Mt Everest at the age of 75. On May 23, 2013 Miura again became the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 80. This achievement is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.[1]

    He also became the first person to ski on Mount Everest on May 6, 1970. He descended nearly 4,200 vertical feet from the South Col (elevation over 8,000 m (26,000 ft)). This feat was documented in 1975, in the film The Man Who Skied Down Everest. The film won the Academy Award for best documentary, the first sports film to do so.

  6. Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Hi i don’t believe anyone has ever did it without oxygen besides the air is so thin it is nearly impossible to even manage half way

      1. a simple google search will tell you the answer …. comments like these make me think bots are posting such comments

  7. 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.

    1. I think you are right so well done and you are very good so THANKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I really do believe you all the time Randall

      From Caitlin knapman xxxxxxxx

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