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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Climbing Mt. Everest: Dangers on the Roof of the World

Climbing Mt. Everest: Dangers on the Roof of the World

May is prime time for the climbing routes of Mt. Everest, where mountaineers from around the globe make the grueling ascent up the 8,848 meter (29,029 feet) peak in Himalayan Nepal’s wild northeast.
According to Kathmandu-based American chronicler of Himalayan climbing lore, Elizabeth Hawley (aka the “Grand Dame of Everest statistics”), Everest’s summit was reached 537 times in 2011 – 371 from the south and 166 from the north side – by 525 different climbers. As of that time, Hawley estimates, about 3,425 people had reached the summit a total of 5,652 times since New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first successful ascent in 1953.
The climb is not to be taken lightlyhttp://thediplomat.com/asia-life/2013/05/climbing-mt-everest-dangers-on-the-roof-of-the-world/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+the-diplomat+%28The+Diplomat+RSS%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

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