Mount Everest

•Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain in the world at 8848 meters and 29,028 feet.

•Mt. Everest is named after Sir George Everest. He was a British military engineer who served as a surveyor general of India from 1829 to 1843. During this time he surveyed the peak. Sir George Everest was the 1st person to record the location and height of Mt. Everest which at that time was called Peak XV.

•Most people in Nepal call Mt. Everest, Sagarmtha, meaning forehead in the sky. Speakers of the Tibetan language call Mt.Everest Chomolungma. The translation is "goddess, mother of the world."

•Mt. Everest is covered in glaciers. Glaciers descend from the main peak to nearby satellite peaks. Glaciers are permanently frozen snow and ice.

•The youngest person ever to climb Mt. Everest was a 16 year old from Nepal named Shambu Tamang. He did this on May 5, 1973.

•The first woman ever to climb Mt. Everest was Junko Tabei of Japan. She reached the summit on May 16, 1973.

•The oldest person ever to climb Everest was Ramon Blanco of Spain. He was 60 years and 160 days old. He reached the summit on October 7, 1993.

•The first married couple ever to climb Mt. Everest was Andrej and Mariga Stremfelj from Slovenia. They reached the summit on October 7, 1990.

•Mt. Everest is a religious symbol to the Buddhists.

• It has been said that someone once climbed Mt. Everest without any pants! We don't know if that one is true but it is certainly strange!

New items:

6/1/99 From Brett: George Mallory and Andrew Irvine might have climbed Mt. Everest first! They have found George Mallory's body. They think he was climbing at night because he didn't have his sunglasses on! If they did climb Everest it would have been 29 years before Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary.

11/3/99 From Joan Galbany: Mount Everest is said to be the most dirty mountain in the world. This is because every single expedition was leaving there all their trash such as oxygen bottles, plastic, papers,... Recently, an expedition went there for the only reason to clean the mountain as much as possible. In my opinion, keeping Everest as virgin as it was shold be more important than reaching the summit.

Strange But True