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Mount Everest is an icon, a symbol for the power of the human will to conquer nature. There’s a lot of history, and a lot of fascinating stories that go with the mountain.Here are the very best of the stories from Everest.
1. There is a joint record for the most ascents ever: Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi, two Sherpas, have each made the ascent a full 21 times a piece. Phurba even reached the top three times in 2007.
2. You might think that if there’s one place to escape from spiders it would be Mount Everest, but unfortunately one of the few forms of wildlife that can survive towards the top of the mountain are Himalayan jumping spiders. They live in nooks and crevices and eat insects blown up the mountain by the wind. They’ve been seen as high as 22,000 ft.
3. There is some controversy about how tall Mount Everest is. According to China it is 8,844 meters, but in Nepal it’s 8,848. China says that the snow at the top should not be counted as part of the height, but in 2010 they came to an official agreement to measure it as 8,848.
4. It costs thousands of dollars to climb Mount Everest but that isn’t stopping people. The traffic has grown so phenomenally that sometimes climbers will have to wait hours to make the climb to the summit, and there are now images of hundreds of climbers queuing to make the climb. In 2012, 234 people made it to the peak in a single 12 hour period.
5. The slopes of Everest are not the prettiest places to be. Not only are there hundreds of corpses from climbers who failed, but there are also about 50 tons of waste, including oxygen bottles, climbing equipment, and the ever delightful human excrement. It’s gotten so bad that the Nepalese government has started instituting programs to remove waste, collecting more than 13 tons so far.
6. If you do manage to reach the summit, you’ll be breathing in a mere third of the normal oxygen you get at sea level, not because of the air composition but because there’s less air pressure.
7. The only year that no one has died on Everest since 1969 is 1977.
8. While most people would assume that you can only make the climb while in the peak of health, there are some people on both sides of the age spectrum who have managed to impress the world by reaching the top. The oldest was 80 year old Yuichiro Miura, while the youngest was only 13, Jordan Romero.
9. Moni Mule Pati and Pem Dorjee Sherpa held a surprise wedding at the peak of the mountain in 2004, keeping it a secret from the rest of the climbers until they got to the top