Conquering The Seven Summits
1. Mount Everest
- Located on the Nepal-Tibet (China) border and can be climbed from either side.
- First climbed in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay
- Although the highest mountain in the world, Everest is not the hardest – the greatest difficulty lies in the altitude, not the technicality of the climbing
- Speed record: Kilian Jornet, June 2017 – 26 hours
- The most expensive of the 7 summits (average cost of $65k)
- Named after a British surveyor, George Everest, who never even set foot in Nepal or Tibet!
- Has seen 293 deaths since first attempts in the early 20th century
Distance (base camp to summit): 12.5 miles.
Season: Spring or Fall.
Estimated time to complete (days): 20-40.
Temperatures: As low as –76F in winter. The average summit temperature in July is –2F.
Summit GPS Waypoints: N 27.99619, E 86.92761.
Required Gear: Down suit, 12-point crampons, high altitude boots, oxygen tanks and mask, ice axes(s), high-altitude gloves, down sleeping bag (rated to at least -20F), harness, belay device, ascender, ice screws, slings, carabiners, prusik cord, and the absolute best tent you can afford.
Average Cost: $65,000
Difficulty: Moderate compared to other 8,000ers.