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Did You Know? – With Madison

We have enjoyed welcoming Madison into computer class! As soon as she arrived, Madison wanted to get down to business, and combine learning with improving her computer skills. So, I suggested she look up a subject that interested her. Madison selected Mount Everest. She spent several days reading and researching, and the result is this very informative report. She hopes you enjoy reading it as much as she enjoyed researching it. Thanks, Madison, for your hard work! – Peggy Gould

Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. It received the name Everest after Sir George Everest in 1865.It measures up to a whopping 29,035 feet. It actually grows about a quarter of an inch a year. When it was first measured, it was 29,002. It sits south of China and North of Tibet Nepal. People are measuring it as of 2019 because of an earthquake in 2015 and is expected to be done as of 2020.

Everest formed 60 million years ago when the Indian Plate collided with the Asian Plate. On the summit of Everest, it can drop down to -80 Fahrenheit. On the western cwm, due to reflections of the sun it can reach up to a scorching 100 Fahrenheit. The winds can reach up to 200 miles per hour. In mid May, the strong, speedy winds move up north and people try to summit Everest. The 1st attempt was in 1929 by a British expedition from the north side of the mountain. The summit was unsuccessful. The 1st successful summit was on May 29th 1953, by Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand on the south side of Everest. The 1st north side summit was made on May 25th 1960, by Nawang Gombu from Tibet, and Chinese climbers,  Chu Yin-Hau and Wang Fu-zhou. The youngest male person to summit was Jordon Romero, who was 2 months away from being 14, on May 23rd 2010. The youngest female person to summit Everest was Malavath Poorna, who was one month away from being 14. Just 3 days before her summit, the Nepal side of the mountain had an avalanche that killed 16 sherpas, but that didn’t stop her. The oldest male summit was Muira Yiuchiro from Japan on May 23rd 2013. The oldest female summit was Tamae Watanabe, who was 73, in 2012, from the north side of the mountain. The first women to ever summit was Japanese climber, Junko Tabei in 1975. Reinhold Messner is the only person to have summited Everest without supplemental oxygen and solo in 1980.

While many people make it to the summit, a number of people die. 295 people as of 2019 have died on Everest. The number one cause of death is avalanche. In May of 2006, Australian climber, Lincoln Hall attempted to summit Everest from Tibet. He suffered from cerebral edema, a type of altitude sickness that causes the brain to swell causing irrational behavior and hallucinations. The sherpas did everything to revive him. He was pronounced dead, they took everything from him. His wife and 2 sons were notified that he had passed. But he wasn’t dead, the next morning, another group attempting to summit discovered Lincoln with no gear still alive, he was rescued by the team who gave up their summit. 6 years later, Lincoln passed from mesothelioma.