15 responses

  1. Sunny
    March 13, 2014

    This is realy great info…for loosing so much callories.
    A lot of women spent a lot of money for loosing some pounds…Everest seems to be a best place for that:)))

  2. Colin Wallace
    February 27, 2014

    Great info Alan!

    I too have and use the Himalayan Dateabase for info and stats for my website. A very good source and a great price!

    Mount Everest The British Story

  3. Jeff Botz
    February 26, 2014

    Hey Alan – fascinating information.
    I think with reference to your statement under the History heading that “The mountain was first identified by a British survey team in 1841.” ignores the centuries of identification by the Tibetans even as the tallest mountain around which lead them to give it that queenly title, Goddess Mother of the Universe. This name dates back at least to the 11th century(according to Rheinhold Messner in The Crystal Horizon, p134) when the famous monk Milarepa wrote a poem about the mountain.
    It may be more correct to say the British first surveyed the mountain since saying they ‘identified’ it gives the false impression that no one had ever noticed the world’s tallest mountain and certainly the tallest mountain amongst the tallest group of mountains in the Himalayas clearly visible from a great distance in Tibet. You may discard my clarification as purely semantical but not recognizing it diminishes the Tibetans and Sherpas and Nepalis, too. In addition to this, the very name Everest applied to this mountain which had been named so long before by the Tibetans, Qomolungma, and was clearly located within countries that the British couldn’t even legally enter at the time, brings up the question of the validity of the name Everest all together. The Chinese do not recognize the name and call it a remnant of colonialism.
    I believe the continued use of the name is a continuing affront to both the Tibetans and the Nepalis. And as respectful travelers in their countries should recognize their names for the mountain which resides in their country not in Britain.

    • Alan Arnette
      February 26, 2014

      Thanks for your perspective and additions Jeff. Clearly the Indigenous people around the globe were the first to spot the highest mountains. In my travels, Australia does a nice job of recognizing the “early visitors” with a plaque near the summit.

  4. Asim Gupta
    February 24, 2014

    Dear Allen,
    I am sorry to have not received any confirmation to my ealier post regarding Fun Facts about Everest. Please oblige me with your reply. I further like to add that although you did mention the male climber’s name with maximum ascent to top but you have missed the name of Lakpa Sherpani of Nepal who climbed maximum number of six times on the top from both sides. I feel that this is also a great feat particularly for women climbers.

    • Alan Arnette
      February 24, 2014

      Thanks Asim, my list is intended to be a few highlights and not an exhaustive list. Good additions however as they are important in history.

  5. Asim Gupta
    February 23, 2014

    Dear Allen,
    Thanks a lot for the detailed analysis on Everest ascents in 2013 & other chronological updates on the Everest Climbing. However i feel that the youngest women climber to have climbed Everest from Tibetan side at 15 years ,Ming Kipa of Nepal on 24th May,2003 is worth mentioning in your list of important summits.

  6. Kim
    February 21, 2014

    Under Kid Stuff, or Fun Facts…. Didn’t you take Flat Stanley up to the top???? lol

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention him. It is one of my special memories from when my kids were little. As a class a contest they had to track his travels. We took him every single place we went for the entire school year. I think he liked Disney the best.

    Memories are everything

    • Alan Arnette
      February 22, 2014

      Good point Kim! I have tried to verify but I think this may the first time Flat Stanley actually made it to the summit!

  7. Peter Stanley
    February 21, 2014

    Just out of interest what is the difference between ‘unrecognised ascents’ & ‘disputed ascents’? In respect of Everest what is a Traverse? And finally just who managed an Unauthorised Summit? Did they sneak through the Park Entrance?

    Great stats though.

    • Alan Arnette
      February 21, 2014

      I’ll try on these but the experts at the Himalayan database are the final authority. As I looked through the database, most of these classifications are decades old and only a couple have been used since 2000.

      Unrecognized and Disputed are similar where perhaps fraud might have been involved or they died on the descent (questionable), a climber claimed he/she reached the top but perhaps had no proof (photo, witness, etc.) or died on the descent but no one saw them on the summit. Finally, another climber might successfully argue the other climber did not summit so it is marked as disputed.

      A traverse is starting at one point and ending at another while going over the summit.

      Unauthorized, they had no permit. Yes, people do sneak in; especially on the North.

      • Peter Stanley
        February 24, 2014

        Thanks Alan – the nerve of some people heh?

  8. Stan
    February 20, 2014

    Great info Alan…

  9. Jill
    February 20, 2014

    Love, love, love the wealth of information you share, Alan! Thank you SO much !

  10. Karen A. Whelan
    February 20, 2014

    I was so excited when I met her at the Yak n Yeti. What a treasure! Found a book about her in a bookstore in Kathmandu!

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