Some Fun Facts about Everest:
Everest was formed about 60 million years ago
29,035 ft (8850 meters). It rises a few milimeters each year due to geological forces.
Also known as:
*In China: Mount Qomolangma
*In Nepal: Sagarmatha (means: goddess of the sky)
*In Tibet: Chomolungma: (means: mother goddess of the universe)
*In English: Everest (named after Sir George Everest in 1865, the British surveyor-general of India. It was once known as Peak 15.)
Latitude 27° 59' N.....Longitude 86° 56' E Its summit ridge seperates Nepal and Tibet
May 29,1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary (New Zealand), and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal), via the South Col Route.
First Solo Ascent:
Aug. 20,1980, Reinhold Messner (Italy), via the NE Ridge to North Face
First Ascent by a Woman:
May 16,1975, Junko Tabei, (Japan), via the South-Col
First Oxygenless Ascent:
May 8, 1978: Reinhold Messner (Italy), and Peter Habeler (Austria), via the South-East Ridge
The Youngest Person to Ascend the Summit:
Temba Tsheri (Nepal) at age 15; on May,22,2001.
The Oldest Person to Ascend the Summit:
Sherman Bull (US) on May,25,2001; 64 years old.
First Legally Blind Person to Ascend the Summit:
Erik Weihenmeyer, on May,25,2001
Eleven: On May 24, 2000 Appa Sherpa became the first person to climb Everest 11 times.
Ten: Ang Rita Sherpa, Babu Chiri Sherpa
All ascents were oxygen-less.