I travelled to Kathmandu with Andy Chapman and 9 other climbers from Jagged Globe and our head guide David Hamilton, a 5 times Everest summiteer and one of the worlds most renown high altitude climbers. It is a credit to David, Andy and the Sherpa team that all 10 members of that team stood on the summit of Everest in 2011, 6 on the 16th May and 4 on 25th as well as the 2 U.K guides and many Sherpas. The 10 all deserve a mention for a fantastic achievement. Alan Wade, Geoff Chambers, Adam Potter, Dave Gott, Martin Smith, Tanel and Andreas from Estonia, Steve Williams, Richard Parks and myself.
Mount Everest is the Earth’s highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas. The international border between China and Nepal runs across the precise summit point. Its massif includes neighboring peaks Lhotse, 8,516 m (27,940 ft); Nuptse, 7,855 m (25,771 ft); and Changtse, 7,580 m (24,870 ft).
In 1856, the Great Trigonometric Survey of British India established the first published height of Everest, then known as Peak XV, at 29,002 ft (8,840 m). In 1865, Everest was given its official English name by the Royal Geographical Society upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India. Waugh named the mountain after his predecessor in the post, Sir George Everest. Although Tibetans had called Everest “Chomolungma” for centuries, Waugh was unaware of this because Nepal and Tibet were closed to foreigners.
The highest mountain on the Earth attracts many well-experienced mountaineers as well as capable climbers willing to hire professional guides. While not posing substantial technical climbing challenges on the standard route, Everest presents dangers such as altitude sickness, weather and wind.