Wow, its been quite a while since we’ve posted on here! Guess that’s what you get for being a busy bee!
But we thought we would come back here to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest.
Everest Anniversary 2013:
Can anyone believe its been 60 years since Sir Edmund Hilary and his team conquered one of the most awe-inspiring mountains in the world?
Tenzing, part of the team who climbed Everest, marking his ground on the summit.
So we thought we would supply a few interesting facts about this beloved mountain.
2. The summit is the border of Nepal to the south and China or Tibet on the north
3. The rocky summit is covered with deep snow all year long – yes, the weather must be even colder over there than it is the the rainy UK!
4. The Mountain was named in honour of George Everest in 1865
5. Everest is called Sagarmatha in Nepal. It means “Goddess of the Sky”
6. The first summit was on May 29, 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa from Nepal.
7. The first woman to summit Everest was Junko Tabei of Japan in 1975
8. The oldest person to summit was Nepalese Min Bahadur Sherchan, age 76 on May 26, 2008
9. Apa Sherpa holds the record for most summits with 21, the most recent one in 2011
10. About 3,425 climbers have summited Everest once and another 2,220 have summited multiple times totaling 5,652 summits of Everest as of June 2011
11.223 people have died trying to climb Everest. Almost all are still on the mountain.
Climber’s deaths cast shadow over celebrations:
This last fact brings us up-to-date with the upsetting news of the 3 climbers who died whilst out climbing. Confirmation of the deaths came on the eve of the 60th anniversary of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary reaching the summit of Mount Everest.
Our sport is dangerous and extreme, our thoughts are with those family and friends who are affected.
All those who have had the courage to take on our mountains will be in our thoughts today also.