Last year two men made the first-ever full ascent of the world’s tallest mountain.
At 33,500-feet from base to summit, Maunakea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is the world’s tallest mountain. Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain. 19,698-feet of Maunakea is underwater, with the summit at 13,802. The summit of Everest is at 29,032-feet.
Mountain climber and underwater explorer Victor Vescovo and scientist Cliff Kapono became the first to scale Maunakea from its base at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean to its peak. Many people have climbed Maunakea from its base on land to the summit, but never before from its base at the bottom of the ocean.
The expedition took place for three days in February 2021 and involved descending to the bottom of the ocean, kayaking to shore, then biking and hiking to the summit.