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Sound like you know about mt everest

You thought you knew all about the world’s highest mountain. Time to do a checklist.

Print Edition: July 26, 2009

You thought you knew all about the world’s highest mountain. Time to do a checklist.

1.Before getting its current name from the Royal Geographical Society in 1865, Everest was known as Chomolungma by the Tibetans, meaning “Goddess Mother of the world”.

2. In spite of being the highest, Everest is still the most climbed mountain in the 8,000 m club with 4,102 ascents since 1953
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3. The most dangerous part of the mountain is actually its base in the Khumbu Glacier, where climbers make their way through blocks of ice as large as buildings called seracs, which can fall at any time.

4. The most popular route up to the summit is via South East ridge in Nepal. This route was first discovered by Eric Shipton and Edmund Hillary in 1951. Shipton also discovered the treacherous way into the Nanda Devi sanctuary.

5. If you were to climb Everest with a cellphone, you might just get coverage thanks to a China Telecom cellular tower at the Base Camp on the Chinese side of the mountain.

6. Technically speaking, Everest isn’t the tallest mountain on earth. The volcano Mauna Kea in Hawaii is taller at 10,200 m when measured from its base. However, Everest wins because half of Mauna Kea lies under the Pacific Ocean!.

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