Mt Everest Research Paper

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Everest is seen differently by different people. Some people see it as the tallest mountain in the world. Some see it as a death sentence for anyone who attempts to climb it. While others see it as a business and their way of making money. No matter how you see it, there are things that everyone sees in Everest that defines it. Mount Everest is most famously known for being the tallest mountain in the World. Standing 29,028ft to 8,848m above sea level. Everest is found in the middle of the Himalayan Mountain range that straddles the border of Tibet (China) and Nepal. In 1856, while the United States was on the brink of a civil war over slavery, British surveyors discovered Everest and determined its height at 29,002ft, making it the tallest…show more content…
In 1922, the Dali Lama of Tibet allowed foreigners into the country for the first time in decades. Many explorers and surveyors heard the news and made the trip to Tibet to start the exploration of the area round Everest from the Tibetan side. George Mallory was apart of the British survey team in 1922 and was known as one of the most famous climbers of his time. In 1924, he and another team member were seen attempting to reach the summit of Everest for the first time. This was a very bold attempt due to the fact that there was little knowledge about the conditions on the summit and what the route would be like. Mallory and his climbing partner never made it back and his body was found in 1999 by a commercial expedition team. Almost 30 years later in 1953, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary reached the summit of Mount Everest for the first time in history. Norgay was a Sherpa from India who had made it to the South Summit, just below the summit of Everest, one year prior. He and another British climber were turned away because of a harsh ice storm, forcing them to retreat. Hillary was a famous climber from New Zealand working for a British exploration…show more content…
The problem was the danger of going to the mountain alone. It takes a special kind of training and knowledge of climbing to even get to the base of Everest. Attempting to summit is another story. In 1992 Rob Hall began the age of commercialization in the climbing world by leading the first commercialized expedition to the summit of Everest. The term commercialized meaning people were paying Hall tens of thousands of dollars for him to safely guide them to the top. Hall was a highly respected climber with an impressive resume that included summiting all 7 of the tallest mountains on each continent, in just 7 months. So when he announced his idea of guiding people to the top of Everest, other famous climbers started to join in. Rob Hall and his climbing partner Guy Cotter started Adventure Consultants, a climbing company dedicated to training and guiding clients to the tallest peaks in the world, including Everest. Hall’s career as business owner was short lived however. In 1996, Hall was leading a group of clients on an Everest expedition while he was pushing to summit Everest for the 5th time in 6 years. On May 10th, 1996, Hall and other climbers were caught in a storm during their summit push, leaving them stranded at an altitude known as the death zone above 26,000ft. The storm took Hall’s life along with 14 other climbers that year, making it the deadliest Everest season to
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