Behind the Poster: 10 Facts About Everest
We don't only create beautiful mountain posters and wall art - we also spend untold hours fantasizing about climbing the world's tallest peak. If you are anything like us you probably also love to gobble up facts about this magnificent mountain like a lovesick teenager obsessing over his beloved! Here are 10 mountain morsels to sink your intellectual teeth into! Whether you're actually planning to climb Everest or just imagine your way to the top from your favourite comfy chair, these facts will fuel your passion for one of nature's greatest wonders!
1) It's very old
Mt Everest is a very old lady - roughly 60 million years old.
2) It's name
It was given its English name in 1865 after former British Surveyor General of India George Everest.
3) It's real name
Its Nepalese name is Sagarmatha, translated as "Forehead (or Goddess) of the Sky", and its Tibetan name is Chomolungma, translated as "Mother Goddess of the Universe".
4) It's well climbed
Everyone knows that along with Sherpa Tenzig the first man known to have climbed Everest is Sir Edmund Hillary. What is not well known is that his son, Peter, has climbed Everest a whopping FIVE TIMES! His first summit was in 1990.
5) Youngest climber
American Jordan Romero became the youngest person to climb Everest. He reached the top aged 13 in 2010. At 8,848 m (29,029 ft)
6) The tallest of them all
Everest earned the title of world's tallest mountain in 1856 when the Great Trigonometric Survey of India established its height.
7) High winds
Winds on Mount Everest can reach a terrifying 200 mph. It is perhaps not surprising that over 297 people have died ascending or descending it.
Most deaths have been attributed to avalanches, falls, falling ice, exposure, or health problems related to conditions on the mountain.
There are two main routes taken to the top of Everest: the north ridge from Tibet, and the south-east ridge from Nepal.
So there you have it. Mount Everest's appeal seems to be stronger than ever, and as anyone who has ever visited the Himalayas will tell you, it truly is a wonder to behold. However, like all great and magnificent natural wonders, it must be approached with respect, as is evident from some of the sadder statistics above.
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