It is time to talk about everyone’s favorite mountain: Mount Everest! Yes, of course, this mountain is one of the most famous peaks in the entire world, and just about everyone knows or has heard about the mighty Mount Everest. The subject of many stories, world records, and historical research, Mount Everest continues to astound people to this day.
In fact, with the climbing attempts, growth in elevation, and the mystical aura surrounding the mountain, we expect it to continue being the talk of the international sphere for many years to come. So let’s kick things off with our list of 10 Soaring Mount Everest Facts That’ll Blow Your Socks Off.
Really though, you are going to be amazed by the fascinating statistics and historical facts about Mount Everest. For instance, did you know that hundreds of people have died while trying to reach the mountain’s summit? Also, the youngest person to reach the peak of Mount Everest was barely a teenager himself! If you ask us, we would never let a child traverse this dangerous mountain, even if they were a Sherpa.
We’ll talk more about Sherpas later, but for now, we just want to appreciate this stunning piece of nature. Geological records and data tell us that Mount Everest contains limestone and shale, and it is also covered by snow at its peak every single day of the year. Brr! If you are ready for more freezing facts about Mount Everest, the Sherpas, and the crazy people who have climbed the mountain, then read on for more facts and trivia!
10 Mount Everest is Ancient
And when we say “ancient,” we mean really, really, old: 60 million years old! To get a little scientific on you, the mountain was formed thanks to the geologic phenomenon of tectonic plates. You see, the Indian and Asian plates (think of them like giant landmasses) were pushing up against each other. The force was so great that a peak began to form and eventually it all led to the greatest mountain on Earth: Mount Everest. Tectonic plates are great; in fact, they are responsible for many of the mountains, valleys, and other geographic distinctions that we marvel at today.
9 Mount Everest is Getting Higher
Hikers who want to climb Mount Everest might want to hold back. Don’t believe us? Well just look to the science! Researchers and scientists have been amazed by Mount Everest for years and years, and they have been keeping track of this incredible mountain. Through their research and data, they have determined that Mount Everest is still growing, little by little each and every year. The mountain grows by about a quarter of an inch annually, and right now, the mountain measures in at about 8,848 meters (or 29,035 feet.) What we want to know is if Mount Everest will ever stop growing.
8 Mount Everest Endures Extreme Weather
As you may expect, the weather conditions at the top of Mount Everest (and even along the way) are pretty intense. You would need to bundle up big time in order to survive on this mountain; don’t even ask us how Sherpas do it. Anyway, it turns out that the Jet Stream, which is responsible for extreme wintry weather, is always sitting on top of Mount Everest, so there is lots of snow and excess wind gusts up there. In fact, winds can peak at about 200 miles per hour, and the temperature can drop to as low as -80 degrees Fahrenheit!
7 Yet There is Nicer Weather
Well, we wouldn’t exactly call it “nice,” considering you would be traversing up the side of a humongous mountain. Yet there are two distinct time frames throughout each year in which climbers are most likely to attempt to tackle Mount Everest.
In the Spring, the middle of May is a good time to take on the challenge, because the temperatures rise and the winds are not so gusty. The same thing happens in the Fall in November. Also, there is an area of the mighty mountain called the Western Cwm, which may have temperatures as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
6 Mount Everest is Considered a Goddess
Apparently the mountain is female, but that is beside the point. Many cultures and languages revere the mighty Mount Everest, and it has earned some pretty prestigious titles. In Nepal, the mountain is referred to as the goddess of the sky, or Sagarmatha.
In Tibet, the natives call the mountain the mother goddess of the universe, or Chomolungma. In a historical context, Mount Everest received its well-known name after being named after Sir George Everest. He was a British man who was a surveyor-general of India. He was leading a survey team and was the first guy to spot the huge mountain.
5 Several People Have Tried to Climb Mount Everest
It may sound crazy to most of us, but there are actually people out there who are willing to brave the intense wind, cold, and extreme height to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Either that, or die trying. The first person to reach the very top of the mountain was Sir Edmund Hillary, who got there with the help of a Nepalese Sherpa named Tenzing Norgay.
This was back in 1953. In 1960, Tibetan Nawang Gombu reached the summit on the north side with Chinese explorers Chu Yin-Hau and Wang Fu-Zhou. In 2010, a 13-year-old American boy, Jordan Romero, reached the summit.
4 There Have Been Multiple Deaths on Mount Everest
Not everyone who tries to reach the top of Mount Everest makes it, of course. This is an extremely serious and rigorous undertaking, and it should not be taken lightly. Between 1924 and 2015, 282 people have died while attempting to climb up Mount Everest. 113 of them were Sherpas (who are supposed to be experts of the mountain,) which makes the statistics even more frightening.
Another scary fact is that a large majority of the people who have died on Mount Everest have remained there ever since. The exception is that China removed or covered any bodies that showed up on their side of the mountain.
3 May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor
Okay, so what if you really want to climb Mount Everest? Well then, you should be aware of some key facts before you even consider preparing for such an arduous journey. First of all, the mountain has a total of 18 different routes for climbers to take, but it will take about 40 days to complete the trip.
This is because the body needs time to adjust to the changing altitude and pressure. In fact, a lot of climbers end up needing to bring along supplied oxygen to help them breathe while on the mountain. Ice axes and crampons (spiky snow shoes) help climbers keep their footing.
2 Don’t Forget About the Sherpas
Just about every climber who faces a climb up Mount Everest has a Sherpa by their side. Sherpas are the people of western Nepal who migrated there from Tibet hundreds of years ago. The Sherpas are said to have very strong lungs and legs, making them great companions for the slippery trip up the mountain.
Sherpas are usually the people who carry the tents and camping supplies along, as well as cook the meals (which usually consist of noodles and rice.) Some Sherpas do all of this as their main line of work, and the money they make is used to support their own families.
1 Mount Everest Isn’t Just Used for Climbing
Forget about climbing up the mountain; it is probably much more fun to slide down it! That is exactly what some people have done. On October 7, 2000, Davorin Karnicar from Slovenia skied down the mountain to get back to the South side’s base camp.
In total, he skied about 12,000 feet. Snowboarders have also had their fun on Mount Everest. Marco Siffredi from France and Stefan Gatt from Austria snowboarded down the mountain in May of 2001. Didier Delsalle landed a helicopter on the summit of Mount Everest in May 2005, claiming to be the first pilot to do so.
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