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The Five Best Things About Climbing Mount Everest

October 13, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 134

Since its discovery, thousands of mountaineers from all over the world have attempted to climb Mount Everest. With a peak at 8,848 meters above sea level, it's widely known as the world's highest mountain. Since the first expedition in 1921, there have only been just over 5,000 ascents to its peak.

Although many have died attempting to scale its slopes, it has tempted explorers and mountain climbers since its wide-published discovery in 1856 for one reason: in the words of George Mallory, "Because it is there."

Here is a breakdown of the five best aspects of climbing the world's tallest mountain.

1. Securing immortality. Having your name in a permanent record of history books is as close to immortality as an explorer can get. From the Guinness Book of World Records to scaling this incredible peak, one reason people are so compelled to do something so few others have done is, well, because very few others have done them. Being one name among just a few thousand others means securing your place in records and history books. That accomplishment will live on beyond your own time.

2. Walk through history. Ascending Mount Everest will have you following in the footsteps of other great mountaineers and explorers. You will push through the elements and draw inspiration from the few others who came before you, like Edmond Hillary, Chris Bonington, Reinhold Messner, Peter Habeler, David Tait, Rebecca Stevens and Kenton Cool.

3. It is more than a mountain. Even experienced climbers like Peter Habeler maintain a healthy sense of respect for what the Nepalese call the "Holy Mother." Mount Everest is more than a mountain. It is more than an icon. In some ways, what it stands for and represents is beyond human comprehension. Habeler once said, "I have not conquered Everest, it has merely tolerated me." Everest is symbol of all that is still wild and unconquerable in the world - and climbing it, a symbol of doing whatever it takes to reach your goal.

4. Test your limits. A climb up Mount Everest will take even the most experienced athlete and climber to the absolute edge of their mental and physical limits, by facing altitude sickness, lethargy, exhaustion, and elements beyond your control. Getting to the summit of Everest takes more than skill or preparation - it requires luck, stubbornness and a will to survive. Those who have made it to the top and back can attest that they know their limitations, and have pushed through them.

5. The summit. Standing at the peak of Mount Everest, looking out over the world, is a view and a feeling few other human beings on earth will ever experience. Standing at the peak is not just a sense of accomplishment, but a symbol of all that human beings can accomplish when they set their mind to something, whether it's climbing the world's highest mountain or walking on the moon. Tom Whittaker called Everest "the physical and symbolic manifestation of overcoming odds to achieve a dream." For many, seeing the summit of Everest is only a dream. For the few, the stubborn, and the lucky, it can become a reality.

Colin Wallace owns the website Mount Everest The British Story at which features the history of all British expeditions past and present. You will also find useful information relating to Mount Everest such as facts, a summiteers list, statistics and much more.

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