The Rainbow Summits Project


Mt. Everest

everest“Everest for me, and I believe for the world, is the physical and symbolic manifestation of overcoming odds to achieve a dream.”
—Tom Whittaker

Background Information:

Mt. Everest, rising 8,848m (29,029ft) above sea level, is the highest mountain in the world and the highest mountain in Asia. Located in the Himalayas on the border of Nepal and Tibet, this mountain has captivated human imagination for the past hundred years. Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary were the first to successfully reach the summit of the mountain on the 29th of May, 1953.

Climbing Information:

Everest can be climbed from either the north or south sides, but is more commonly taken from the south. It is primarily climbed in late spring (April-May), but can also be climbed in the fall (September-November). It is rated ED in the International French Adjectival System (IFAS) scale of difficulty. Its biggest challenges are weather and altitude. In all, approximately 3,500 people have successfully summited Mt. Everest.

Fun Facts:

  • Everest is also known as Chomolungma in Tibetan and Sagarmatha in Nepali.
  • Everest is roughly the same altitude as the trans-Atlantic cruising altitude of a jetliner.
  • Everest is the only one of the Seven Summits in which supplemental oxygen is commonly used.
  • At Everest’s highest point, you are breathing in a third of the amount of oxygen one would normally breathe.
  • The bestselling book Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer was written as a true account of the 1996 Everest Disaster.
  • The highest 848m of the mountain are in the Death Zone. Climbers can only remain in the Death Zone for a maximum of 2-3 days before being forced to descend.
  • On the north side of the mountain there is a semi-permanently installed ladder called the “Chinese Ladder” that was left by a Chinese expedition in 1975.

Cason’s Climb:

Cason will climb Mt. Everest via the Southeast Ridge with Adventure Consultants in April and May 2013.

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