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Climbing Mount Everest
Mount Everest stands 8848 meters above sea level and is the highest peak in the world. It’s in Nepal in the Himalayas, and many mountain climbers throng this place every year. From amateurs to expert climbers, all have tried their hand at conquering this great historical mountain. When on a quest to climb Everest, one has two options to reach the peak. One is through Nepal called the Southeast ridge and the other is through Tibet called the Northeast ridge. However, there are many other routes that are less frequently used. Summer is the best time to go ahead with this conquest since there’s not much resistance from strong winds, which are weak and blow towards the north during this time.
The Southeast ridge is the easiest route known and is ideal for amateurs. This was the route taken by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in the year 1953. Trekking begins at Base Camp in Nepal, and yaks are used to carry food supplies and equipment that are needed while climbing the mountain. There are human porters, though a sufficient time gap must be provided for acclimatizing with altitudes for every person. Another thing to watch out for will be shifting rocks and crevasses here. Camp I comes after the Icefall and is at an altitude of 6065 meters. Next is Camp II, commonly referred as Advanced Base Camp and ABC for short. Climbing to Camp III at the height of 7470 m must be done through fixed ropes on Lhotse face. However, Journey to Camp IV is the riskiest with dangers like Yellow Band and Geneva Spur. Both require expertise in fixed rope climbing. South Col, commonly referred as the Death Zone, is the deciding point to go ahead or return during this quest. If the weather is rough and unpredictable, climbers descend from this point. If the climate is good, journey to summit is only 12 hours from here. In the ascent one will get to the Balcony first at the height of 8400m and next is South Summit that leads to Hillary step and finally to the Summit.
For thenNortheast ridge, one has to begin from Rongbuk Glacier and proceed to Base Camp at an altitude of 5180m. Then comes Camp II at 6100 m at Changtse, proceeding to Camp III will get one right below North Col at a height of 6500 m. Camp IV is at 7010 m followed by Camp V at 7775 m, traversing diagonally across Yellow Band, one can reach Camp VI at 8230 m. Next journey is to First Step at 8500 m followed by Second step at 8580m. One has to make use of the Chinese ladder to climb these rocks. It’s been used since 1975. Third step at 8690 m is followed by the summit pyramid with a sloping angle of 50 degrees.
First Canadian to climb this mountain is Laurie Skreslet. He took the ascent on October 5th during the year 1982. He chose the route through Tibet to get to the highest peak of the world. In an attempt to climb peaks on all continents, Patrick Morrow conquered Mount McKinley- North America, Mount Everest – Asia, Aconcuaga – South America, Elbrus-Europe, Vinson Massif – Antarctica, Kilimanjaro – South Africa, Puncak Jaya – Oceania. He was honored with Order of Canada in 1987. Bernard Voyer, a French Canadian explorer climbed this hill in the year 1999. Sharon Adele Wood climbed this hill in the year 1986 and she was first of her kind to set foot on Mount Everest from Western Hemisphere. Barry Blanchard a climber from Canada started his expedition to Mount Everest in 1994.