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Men’s Lacrosse Wraps Up Regular Season At Mount St. Mary’s
Emmitsburg, MD – The Wagner men’s lacrosse program wrapped the 2021 season with a 20-6 loss to the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers Friday morning from Waldron Family Stadium.
Junior Stephen Dwyer and graduate student Tim Schmidt each had three points to lead Wagner; Dwyer finished with two goals, Schmidt finished with two assists. The Seahawks also got a goal apiece from graduate student Philip Buque, senior Dan Baker, and junior Jack Brady.
Sophomore Brendan Higgins and junior Matt Rueter both had a team-best four ground balls; Rueter finished 5-for-9 at the face-off X. Freshman Daren Mayer finished with three ground balls and a caused turnover and graduate student Connor Sweeney scooped two ground balls and caused a turnover.
In net, sophomore Danny Brady finished with 15 saves and a .517 save percentage. Brady finished the year with 158 saves, 11th-most in a single season in program history.
For Mount St. Mary’s, Luke Frankeny, Brendan Doyle, and Jake D’Annunzio all finished with a team-high four points; in all 12 different players scored a goal and five scored at least two. Dylan Furnback stopped 13 shots in goal.
How it Happened
In a quiet first quarter on the scoreboard that featured six saves from Brady, Buque got Wagner on the board inside the final two minutes off a feed from Schmidt.
Buque knots things at one off the feed from Schmidt! pic.twitter.com/uYbcT6aBGb
— Wagner College Men’s Lacrosse (@WagnerLacrosse) May 7, 2021
The Mountaineers took the lead back at 2-1 before the end of the quarter, then opened the second with four straight before Dwyer stopped the run with his first of the day.
Dwyer with the spin and score for his first of the day! pic.twitter.com/4FmEiFurog
— Wagner College Men’s Lacrosse (@WagnerLacrosse) May 7, 2021
Mount responded with three straight to close the quarter, carrying a 9-2 lead to the locker room, then opened the third quarter with two more before Brady scored his fourth goal in his last four games. Following another Mount score, Schmidt closed the quarter with a goal in the final 10 seconds.
Dwyer stopped a 6-0 Mount run inside the 5:00 mark of the final quarter with his second goal of the day, and Baker added his first goal of the season in the closing minute to round out the scoring for the Seahawks.
Northeast Conference championship recap: Mount St. Mary’s defeats Bryant to advance to NCAA Tournament
It took until the Northeast Conference championship game, but two things happened on Tuesday that had not happened all season: Mount St. Mary’s played Bryant and the Bulldogs lost on their home court.
Mount St. Mary’s, the 4 seed out of four teams in the NEC Tournament, first beat 1 seed Wagner on the road Saturday, then 2 seed Bryant in Smithfield on Tuesday, to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in school history.
The final was 73-68, sending the Mountaineers to Indianapolis where either the First Four or a national power awaits.
It felt wrong to watch the Northeast Conference Tournament championship game played in front of no one. We’re used to seeing 3,000 fans crammed into a glorified high school gym — students on top of coaches on top of media — while a future 16 seed gets to enjoy the night of its life.
But, pandemic or not, some things never change. Like the NEC title game being worth every second of your time. And even though Mount St. Mary’s led for the entire second half, the game was competitive for 40 minutes.
Mount St. Mary’s had four players in double-figures, but the story was 5’8 guard Damian Chong Qui, who played all 40 minutes, scored 21 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and handed out five assists. 18 of those points came in the second half, where his three-point shooting kept Bryant at bay early on.
Still, the Mountaineers were never quite able to shake the Bulldogs, who finally had a full roster after COVID protocols left them with just seven players in their semifinal game agains Sacred Heart. Bryant stayed in the game thanks to a 33-point, eight three-pointer barrage from Charles Pride and a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double from Peter Kiss.
Kiss fouled out with four minutes left in the game, but Pride kept Bryant close. The Bulldogs held The Mount to one field goal over the final five minutes while Pride hit a pair of threes and a layup with 16 seconds left that closed a 10-point deficit to two.
A missed layup on the ensuing possession and a few timely free throws from the Mountaineers closed it out, capping as much of a Cinderella run as you can possibly have in a four-team tournament.
Mount St. Mary’s will enter the NCAA Tournament with a 12-10 record and tracks to be a 16 seed when the bracket is unveiled. While you’re waiting to watch Dan Engelstad’s group play again, read up on Chong Qui. His story is far more remarkable than anything we could put in a simple gamer, so we can just end it here.
See you next week, Mountaineers.
March Madness 2021: What you need to know about the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers
Mount St. Mary’s is Tournament bound for the sixth time in program history after capturing the Northeast Conference title.
By defeating Bryant 73-68, the Mount earned an automatic bid to the dance with a No. 16 seed. The team finished slightly above .500 both overall and in conference play, but they come into their First Four matchup with Texas Southern on a four-game winning streak. What can we expect from the Mount in the NCAA Tournament?
Before the action tips off in Indiana on Thursday, here’s what you need to know about the Mountaineers.
The Mount has momentum heading into the tournament, in part because of a strong performance in the NEC Tournament, but also because their schedule was relatively uninterrupted by the pandemic.
They didn’t have the most successful regular season, finishing third in the conference standings with a 9-7 record. But they managed to play 22 games, well-above several higher-seeded teams.
Having had some semblance of a normal season could prove to be an advantage for the Mount.
Defense can win championships
At least that was true throughout the Mount’s NEC Tournament run. Defensive grit has been a staple of Mount St. Mary’s season and it was on full display in the championship game against Bryant.
Led by the Tournament MVP and the conference Defensive Player of the Year, Nana Opoku, Mount St. Mary’s held Bryant to 38.5% shooting, while blocking a season-high 10 shots—half of which belonged to the 6-foot-9 redshirt junior.
They have an explosive scorer in junior point guard Damian Chong Qui. But if they are to get past Texas Southern on Thursday, they will quickly find themselves outgunned on the offensive end. The quality of their defense night in and night out will determine how deep this team can go.
Difficult Road Ahead
A win over Texas Southern on Thursday would see the Mount slide into the First Round of the Tournament to face the No. 1 seed Michigan Wolverines. By all accounts, they would be considered heavy underdogs to the Tournament’s favorites, but don’t put it past them to make it there.
Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, though. The Mount has to knock off the Southwest Athletic Conference champions before they can take the big stage against Juwan Howard’s Wolverines.
Head coach Dan Englestad is 0-2 in the NCAA Tournament and no one on this roster has tasted Tournament victory. The Mount will be humble, but will also hope to remind anyone filling out a bracket this year that anything is possible in March.
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1. Fun facts about your Mount St. Mary’s University Mountaineers. Mount St. Mary’s University was founded in 1808, making it the oldest independent Catholic college in the United States. It’s located in Emmitsburg, a tiny mountain town in Central Maryland just south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The Mount (and yes, that’s really what they call it) has been co-educational since 1972 and has seen a sharp spike in impure thoughts in the ensuing decades. According to my friend John, a 2002 grad, a popular saying around campus is, “Mount. It’s not just a school. It’s a verb.” Basketball-wise, the most famous alumnus is former Bullets, 76ers, and Bucks guard Fred “Mad Dog” Carter. The Mount (18-14) gained the third tournament berth in school history by winning the Northeast Conference tournament. Strong efforts from the Mountaineer bench powered the team down the stretch, as the reserves notched at least 39 points in each of their last three games.
2. Hooked on a Phelan. If you have any familiarity with the Mountaineers, it’s probably because of their former coach, the legendary Jim Phelan. He coached at the Mount for his entire 49-year career before retiring in 2003 with 830 wins (fourth all-time) in an NCAA-record 1,321 games. He guided his teams to 16 Division II tournament appearances, reaching the Final Four five times and winning it all in 1962. Phelan has received the honor of having the Mount’s home court named for him; the NEC Coach of the Year award and the collegeinsider.com National Coach of the Year award also now bear his name. His trademark was an ever-present bow tie, and he kept a set of ninja throwing stars in his breast pocket, which he used to intimidate referees and gain favorable calls for his team. I may have just lied to you.
3. They Don’t Burn Couches in Emmitsburg. The Baltimore Sun’s recap of the NEC tournament final in Fairfield, CT notes that an unspecified number of Mountaineers fans celebrated the victory by storming the court post-game and . .. throwing confetti. The reporter fails to describe the manner in which the fans threw the confetti. Were they tossing it in the air and letting it rain gently down? Or were they firing it at the Sacred Heart players and fans in an aggressive and taunting fashion? Personally, I approve of the injection of small-time whimsy into what is becoming an overdone and unimaginative expression of euphoria by college hoops fans. But I suppose Storming The Floor will have the final ruling on the matter. — Kevin Brotzman
Maryland women’s basketball NCAA Tournament preview: First round vs Mount St. Mary’s
After winning sole possession of the Big Ten regular season title and the Big Ten tournament championship, No. 2 seed Maryland women’s basketball is ready for the next step.
Since November, head coach Brenda Frese’s team has been talking about its national championship aspirations. Now, the time has come for the Terps to run the table.
Maryland will take on Mount St. Mary’s in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Alamodome Monday.
“The cool thing is, just love [the team’s] mindset. They understand it, they’re not going to make this bigger than what it is. There’s been a great looseness, you know, a lot of fun just like we’ve done all season long,” Frese said. “So I don’t expect anything to change and obviously we have a great test ahead of us in Mount St. Mary’s.”
The Terps head into this tournament with the top-scoring offense in the country, averaging 91.3 points per game. Six players on the Maryland roster average 10 or more points per game: sophomore guards Ashley Owusu and Diamond Miller, senior forward Chloe Bibby, senior guard Katie Benzan, redshirt sophomore forward Mimi Collins and freshman forward Angel Reese.
Owusu and Miller lead the team with 18.3 points per game and 17.2 points per game, respectively. Each was named to the All-Big Ten First Team.
“This is the tournament, it is a big deal but I don’t want to come in and, you know, try and do too much or try to do too little,” Owusu said. “So just coming in and playing the way I’ve always played and just helping my team.”
Benzan’s three-point field goal percentage (.506) leads the country and Owusu is fourth in assists (151). Both players also received AP All-American honors, with Owusu named to the third team and Benzan earning an honorable mention.
Maryland last played Mount St. Mary’s in December 2017 at the Xfinity Center. The Terps won, 97-57. Overall against the Mount, Maryland is 4-0. Monday’s matchup will start at 4 p.m. and air on ESPN.
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2019-20 record: 20-11 (14-4 NEC)
Head coach Maria Marchesano is in her fourth year as the leader of the Mount after a stint as an associate head coach at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis. In her four seasons at Mount St. Mary’s, Marchesano has amassed a 61-53 record.
Since joining the Mountaineers, Marchesano has turned the program along. During the 2019-20 season, Mount St. Mary’s 20 wins were team’s most for the team since the 1999-2000 season. That year, the Mountaineers clinched the No. 2 seed in the North East Conference Tournament.
Mount St. Mary’s was scheduled to face Maryland earlier this season, however, that matchup was canceled due to positive coronavirus tests in the Mount’s program. As a result, Mount St. Mary’s canceled or postponed six games between Dec. 8 and Dec. 22. Aside from that stretch, the team had an additional eight games either canceled or postponed.
Despite all the schedule changes, Mount St. Mary’s still had a .739 win percentage. Although they finished the regular season with back-to-back losses to Wagner, the Mountaineers most recently defeated Wagner to win the NEC championship, 70-38.
Players to know
Kendall Bresee, redshirt senior guard, 5-foot-10, No. 3 — Bresee leads the team in points, field goals, free throws, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes. The Maryland native averages 14.1 points per game and hits 11.5 field goals per game.Following her performance this season, Bresee earned both Northeast Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors. She also earned a spot as a First Team All-NEC selection.
During the 2019-20 season, her first active season with the Mount, Bresee averaged 11.3 points, 6.5 boards and 3.7 assists per game earning her a spot on the All-NEC Third Team spot.
Michaela Harrison, junior guard, 5-foot-7, No. 10 — Harrison leads from behind the arc. She averages 6.6 three-point attempts per game and hits an average of 2.2 of them. Against Bryant on Feb. 20, Harrison had a career-high nine three-point field goals made to set a new program record for most triples in a single game. In that matchup, she went 9-for-14 from deep. Harrison is second on the team behind Bresee in points per game, averaging 12.6 points per game.
In the Mountaineer’s dominant 70-38 win over Wagner in the NEC Championship, Harrison played for 37 minutes, hit one three and had 15 points. This season, she earned recognition as a Second Team All-NEC player and became the 28th player in program history to hit 1,000 points and the 10th to do so in three years.
Aryna Taylor, redshirt sophomore guard, 5-foot-10, No. 13 – Taylor is tied with Harrison for the most three-point shots made this season with 48. The duo leads the team from deep and Taylor has a .366 shooting percentage from behind the arc. Taylor had a career-high 19 points in two separate games this season and a season-high five field goals made at Long Island University.
Taylor’s performance earned her a Third Team All-NEC selection. She ranks 14th on the league’s top-scoring chart and her average of two threes made a game are tied for fifth in the NEC.
Free throws. The Mountaineers have a free throw percentage of .797. For comparison, the Terps percentage is slightly lower at .790. Bresee averages the most successful shots from the charity stripe with 4. 0 per game.
It was Mount St. Mary’s free throw percentage that helped it clinch its first regular-season conference title in 20 years. In the third quarter of that matchup, the Mountaineers had just a one-point lead over Saint Francis University but ended the quarter with seven straight field-goal attempts to extend their lead as the game went into the final quarter.
Turnovers. Mount St. Mary’s has turned the ball over 343 times this season, an average of 14.9 per game. If they make mistakes in this first round matchup, it will be difficult for the Mount to win this game. The Terps average 20.2 points off takeaways this season and have continued to capitalize on their opponent’s mistakes. Maryland plays at a fast pace, and if the Mount creates opportunities for the Terps, Frese’s squad will take them.
Three things to watch
1. How will the Terps build on their momentum? Maryland has just two losses this season, and after dropping the game against then-No. 17 Ohio State, the team have been rolling. The Terps are on a 13-game win streak and have put up some incredible numbers in the process. Since the loss, they have scored over 100 points in three different matchups and 90 or more in six others. After clinching the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and winning sole possession of the regular-season title, the Terps took down Nebraska, Northwestern and Iowa in a dominant fashion to win the conference tournament.
The Terps have been waiting for March. Now it’s time to see how they can build on this already historic season.
“It’s just preparation as usual. We’re not doing anything different because what we’ve been doing is working and we’re just we’re staying ready,” Bibby said. “I think our coaches have got us really prepared for this moment and just sticking together and keeping that confidence.”
2. Can Mount St. Mary’s slow Maryland’s offense down? The key to stopping Maryland’s No. 1 scoring offense in the nation is to slow the Terps down. In Maryland’s two losses this season, their opponents did just that, holding the Terps to just 72 and 86 points, well below their average. The first time Northwestern and Maryland met, the Wildcats held the Terps to 62 points and kept it close for the majority of the game. If the Mount wants to move on to the second round, they will have to slow Maryland’s pace.
3. What role will the forwards play? In the Big Ten tournament, forwards Chloe Bibby, Mimi Collins, Angel Reese, Faith Masonius and Alaysia Styles all had an impact on the Terps’ success.
Starters Bibby and Collins played consistently throughout the entire tournament and both had incredibly strong performances in the finals against Iowa. Bibby scored a team-high 21 points and shot 69% from the field. Collins had 17 points shooting 50% from behind the arc and had six boards, two assists and a steal.
The bench contributed in a big way too. Against Northwestern, Styles put up a team-high 15 points in 23 minutes. She shot a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and shot 1-for-2 from the free-throw line. Also against the Wildcats, Reese had quite the showing. The Baltimore native had her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. In that same game, Masonius had 11 points, four boards and three assists. In the championship against Iowa, Masonius had eight points and shot 4-for-4 from the field, grabbed five boards, had three assists and two steals.
It will be interesting to see how these keys to Maryland’s offense perform on this stage with only Bibby having experience in the NCAA Tournament.
90,000 Microplastic particles were first discovered on the summit of Everest – Science
TASS, November 20. In the snow samples collected around the summit of Everest, scientists have found several microparticles of plastic. Their origin is still a mystery to ecologists. The research results were published in the scientific journal One Earth.
“In recent years, we have found microplastic particles in virtually all corners of the planet, from the Arctic and rivers to the bottom of the Mariana Trench and the deepest oceans on Earth. Their discovery on the summit of Mount Everest once again indicates that we must more actively protect the environment from such pollution, “said Imogen Napper, an ecologist at the University of Plymouth (UK) and one of the authors of the study.
Mount Everest (Chomolungma) is the highest mountain peak of the Earth, which rises above sea level at 8848 m. Since the middle of the 19th century, hundreds of teams of climbers and travelers have tried to conquer it and reach the summit. Officially, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary were the first to do this in 1953.
In total, over three hundred climbers have died on the slopes of Chomolungma over the past century and a half. Considering the inaccessibility of the summit of Everest, ecologists have long considered the slopes of this mountain one of the cleanest corners of the Earth, untouched by the hand of man.
Complete pollution of the planet
Studying snow and river water samples collected by climbers on the territory of the so-called “balcony” of Mount Everest, sites at an altitude of 8440 m, as well as inside the so-called “death zone”, Napper and her colleagues found out that this is no longer the case. This is how historians and climbers call the slopes of the mountain, located at an altitude of 8 km and higher, where most of the climbers died, who did not conquer Chomolungma.
In total, British climbers received samples from two dozen regions inside the “death zone” and “balcony” of Mount Everest, which were subsequently successfully delivered to the laboratory of scientists in frozen or liquid form, after which they were studied in detail. As it turned out, virtually all of them contained “traces of civilization” in the form of microscopic scraps of fibers and plastic particles.
Tens and even hundreds of such particles were present in those water and snow samples that were collected near popular climbing routes to the summit of Chomolungma, and five plastic particles were found in the vicinity of its peak. How they got there, scientists cannot yet say.
It is possible that they were brought there by climbers, but Napper and her colleagues do not exclude that these fibers and particles got to the top of the highest mountain in the world due to the movement of air currents along the slopes of the Himalayas.
“To be honest, I had absolutely no expectations about the results of our study. On the other hand, I was very surprised that we found microplastic particles in all the snow samples that we studied. It always seemed to me that Mount Everest was a symbol of purity and primordiality. The realization that we pollute the top of the highest mountain in the world literally opened my eyes, “concluded Napper.
90,000 Missing Russian climbers were found in the Himalayas :: Society :: RBK
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In the Himalayas, there were three Russian climbers, whose disappearance was reported earlier by the media. The company Seven Summit Treks, which provides services to climbers in the camps, announced this on Twitter.
“One has already been delivered to the mountaineering base in the mountains, two more are being delivered by helicopter,” the message says.
Seven Summit Treks clarify that the Russians have not contacted since the last gathering, they were found by Sherpas – representatives of the people living in Nepal. The climbers were last seen before their disappearance on April 16.
Two of those discovered made a successful ascent, the company notes.Soon, all three will be taken to a hospital in Kathmandu.
“Three of our citizens were found, the search operation lasted less than a day. They have not been in touch since yesterday evening. Since the weather was bad in the mountains, strong winds up to 50 km / h, it got dark, and the helicopters could not get up there. This is very high: 7653 m, ”Mikhail Skovorodnikov, head of the consular section of the Russian Embassy in Nepal, told RBC. According to him, on Monday, April 19, the rescue operation was resumed, two hours later the tourists were found and lowered to the base camp.
12 mountains that a beginner can climb
The first recorded ascent – 1889
Actually, Kilimanjaro has several peaks: the lowest – 4005 m – is an extinct Shira volcano, opposite it – a peak of 5183 m, where serious climbers are climbing. And the highest is the dormant volcano Kibo with a crater almost 3 km in diameter and Uhuru Peak, to which everyone climbs.
6 routes lead to the top. The most popular, easiest and most comfortable – with overnight stays in huts – is the Marangu path.The second most popular – more difficult, more picturesque, with beautiful rocks – is the Machame path. Rongai is the only route from the north, starting from the Kenyan border: the most unpopular with people, so you can even see elephants on the trail. Lemosho and Shira are two variations (the second is more difficult) of one path across the Shira plateau: they throw in jeeps to the starting point, and you can get to the finish line by two roads, depending on the weather and the group’s well-being. The Umbwe route is the shortest and most difficult: in the middle, the assault on the Barranco rock wall is meant, because of the sharp climb it is here that they most often fail.The Mweka trail is for descending only. Lifeless lava fields and completely lunar landscapes begin from an altitude of 4800 m, behind them there is a zone of eternal snows praised by Hemingway. By the way, the snowy crown of Africa is melting faster every year, so every year more and more people come to look at it and touch the African snow with their own hands.
Everyone meets at the summit, at the sign: “Congratulations, you are here – Uhuru Peak, 5895 m.” Every day during the season, a hundred trackers storm the mountain, but about a third return with nothing: despite the absence of technical difficulties, the altitude and the sharp temperature drop are doing their job.There is a lot of traffic on the routes, you cannot get lost, however, independent ascents to Kilimanjaro are prohibited: tourists are allowed into the National Park only accompanied by a local guide.
Where: East African Plateau (Tanzania)
Nearest Airport: Kilimanjaro (JRO)
Starting point: Moshi, Arusha, Loitokitok
Season: from December to March, from July to October
Duration / cost of climbing : from 6 days / from $ 700 in a group of 5-6 people
Who organizes: You can hire a guide and porters literally at the gate park – in principle, they can carry the tourist himself to the top, or drag his equipment, or carry a dry closet after him: it really depends only on the desires of the climber.The guide is responsible for the speed of movement, the choice of the route and the success of the ascent: the surest way to find the right guide is to watch the group leaving the park with tired but happy faces, ask if their guide was good, and immediately hire him. You can order a guide in advance at any major agency – then the price will be twice as much, but it will include transfers from the airport, meals, and overnight stays in hotels, and a fee for entering the national park. Very thoughtful and humane programs here , and here climbing the Machame trail is proposed.An impressive percentage of successful ascents of of this company is , and slow and gentle hikes in Marang are organized by here .
10 best mountains to conquer – Blog OneTwoTrip
“Better than mountains can only be mountains that have never been before”, Vladimir Vysotsky sang at one time. Once carried away by mountaineering and taking the first peak, it is difficult to resist the urge to climb others. Gradually gaining experience, you can walk up to the eight-thousanders, although climbing any of them will not at all be like running up the stairs to the ninth floor when the elevator is not working.We’ve compiled a list of the best mountains for mountaineering and climbing. Many of them are quite accessible even to an ordinary, moderately prepared person.
Monte Rosa, Pennine Alps, Switzerland
The highest peak of the mountain range is Dufour, the height is 4634 meters. Monte Rosa is located in the same chain as the Matterhorn, the peak of the Pennine Alps. Nearby is the popular resort of Zermatt, which attracts many tourists. It has good infrastructure and excellent mountain views.
In the northern part of Monte Rosa there is a large glacier called Horner. Its length is just over fourteen kilometers. The mountains in the Monte Rosa massif are quite high and moderately difficult, but the local landscapes pay off any difficulties during the ascent.
Belukha, Gorny Altai, Russia
You don’t have to travel far to feel like a mountain climber. The highest point of the Altai Mountains with a height of 4509 meters is located on the border of Kazakhstan with Russia.It is called Eastern Belukha. Nearby are the Delone peak (4260 meters) and Zapadnaya Belukha (4435 meters). Together they form three peaks, which is why Belukha is often called the “Three-headed sacred mountain”.
This mountain is considered sacred because, according to legend, the goddess Umai lives here. Among the Turkic peoples, this is the highest female deity, as well as the patroness of women in labor and children. Altaians do not seek to enter the domain of the goddess, on the contrary, they are wary of her and therefore usually do not climb to the top.
Island Peak, Himalayas, Nepal
The mountain is of decent size – 6130 meters. Despite the perceived difficulty of the ascent, which is also associated with acclimatization, among professional climbers, Island Peak is considered a kind of warm-up before trekking Everest.
You can get to this part of the Himalayas by plane. Deciding on such a flight is already a feat, not to mention climbing Island Peak. The fact is that Lukla airport is located practically on a mountain ridge, and the length of the runway is only 527 meters.There is a cliff on one side and a concrete wall on the other.
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Island Peak was first conquered in 1953. The mountain has become one of the most popular climbing destinations among tourists who come to the Himalayas.
Stok Kangri, Himalayas, India
Stoke Kangri, like Island Peak, among seasoned climbers often serves as a training site before climbing more difficult mountains. You won’t need a lot of equipment to conquer: people who have been there say that trekking sticks and “cats” are enough.However, it is better not to neglect safety, especially if you have not climbed such high mountains before – 6137 meters.
There are several places in the vicinity where everything you need for climbing is sold. At an altitude of 3700 meters there is the village of Stok, and even higher (5000 meters) a base camp is set up.
There are twelve ski resorts here at once, so finding a place to stop will definitely not be difficult.The lower slopes are all green – many forests and meadows. In the Dolomites, there is the Dolomiti-Bellunesi National Park, which can be hiked before or before climbing to the summit of Marmolada (3342 meters).
A big plus of this array is its well-developed infrastructure. There are plenty of shops and places to rest and stop here. Climbing Mount Marmolada should not cause great difficulties, however, you cannot call it a walk – there is both a glacier and dangerous cliffs.
The highest point in Africa (5895 meters) is a stratovolcano.Despite the impressive height, Kilimanjaro will be quite within the power of novice tourists, but it is better not to go there without the accompaniment of experienced climbers. As, however, and on any other mountain.
The mountain is very popular, the flow of tourists is stable, and finding a suitable all-inclusive tour will not be a problem.
Another mountain located on the territory of Russia. The height is 5642 meters, the peak is located on the western side of Elbrus.The place is very popular with many tourist centers and hotels. There is a road near the foot of the mountain, so you can easily get to the starting point.
There are about ten climbing routes, but despite the seeming ease, accidents are not uncommon here. The danger is represented by glacial cracks and the rapid change of weather conditions. For beginners, it is better to postpone the ascent of Elbrus and first conquer the simpler mountains.
As is usually the case with oriental names, Yangshuo is written and pronounced in whatever way: Yangshuo, and Yansu, and Yangshu.There are many green mountains in the vicinity of the city. Some are suitable for less prepared climbers, while others will have to work hard to conquer.
What if you like mountains, but don’t want to endure cold, icy winds, kilograms of equipment and kilometers of walking up the rock and ice fields? Most likely, you should pay attention to rock climbing – this bright, beautiful sport will not require superpowers or frost resistance from you, because the best climbing areas are located in warm regions, by the seas, and the simplest routes are quite within the power of any person. We will tell you about the three most notable areas.
El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, USA
Highest mountain in Yosemite National Park located in California. The altitude, relative to other places on the list, is not very high – only about 900 meters, but this does not mean the ease of the routes. The first ascent of this massif in 1958 took a group of climbers for 47 days! Of course, in our time, the technique of climbing and belaying is being improved, and now the record for high-speed climbing ElKap (as it is respectfully called) is a little less than two and a half hours!
In 2008, rock climber Alex J.Honnold) made a solo ascent of El Capitan, that is, climbed to the top without belay and using no equipment, except for climbing shoes and a bag of magnesium. Discovery Channel produced a documentary about this phenomenal ascent.
Kalymnos is not a mountain, but a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, widely known and very popular among climbers all over the world. Delicious food, warm sea, great weather – in general, a wonderful resort where you can not only relax on the beach, but also test yourself on the climbing track.
By the way, there are a great many climbing routes here: the so-called “guide book”, that is, a book that contains all the routes located on the island, contains descriptions of tens of thousands of routes for all climbing lovers. Both a professional and a beginner – everyone will be able to find a track on their shoulder and in the mood! After a busy sports day, you can sit with friends in one of the many cozy cafes, and on a day of rest – scuba diving for sponges or go sailing around the island.
A small town in the north of Italy, almost in the very center of Europe. The medieval castle, built by Count Arco in the 14th century, and the old narrow streets fill with crowds of tourists from all over the world every year. This place is also very popular with rock climbers. People come here alone, together, with families and pets, settle in hotels and campgrounds. They climb – to get to the nearest route, just cross the road, ride bicycles – in those places there are some of the best mountain bike routes in the world, visit museums or just enjoy life with a glass of delicious local gelato ice cream.
Climbing in Arco is a great option for a family holiday: everyone has a place or activity to their liking, you do not need to think about what to do on a rainy day or when you are tired. Of course, before going to the real rocks, you should practice a little under the supervision of experienced instructors who will teach you the correct climbing technique and show you how to handle the equipment. You can find everything you need for training on indoor climbing gyms – simulators that simulate rocks.For example, the Limestone climbing wall in Moscow, where experienced instructors with rich experience in rock climbing will always help you, support and prepare you, and also answer all questions that may arise from those who decide to try this wonderful sport!
Scott Thomson (baseball)
Scott S. Thomson (born November 12, 1968) is an American college baseball coach who is currently the head coach of Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers team.He has held this position since the 1998 season. He played for the Old Dominion, earning the title of Virginia College Baseball as a Senior Specialist in addition to many other awards. He played professionally for two seasons with the Erie Sailors before moving on to coaching.   
Below is a table of Thomson’s annual reports as head coach of baseball.
|Mount St.Mary Mountain Climbers (Northeastern Conference) (1998 – present)|
|1998||Saint Mary’s Mountain||9-28||6-9||T-4|
|1999||Mount St. Mary||12–31||5–14||4th (South)|
|2000||Mount St. Mary||17–34||524517|
|2001||Mount St. Mary||12–37||3–19||5th (South)|
|2002||Mount St. Mary 17–352||10–16||Sixth|
|2003||Mount St. Mary||14–23||9–14||8th|
|2005||Mount St. Mary||18–27||12–11||5th|
|2006||Mount St. Mary||23524|
|2007||Mount St. Mary||35–22||21–7||T-1st||NEC tournament|
|2008||9024 Mount St. Mary||13–11||4th||NCAA Regional|
|2009||Mount St. Mary||23–25||15–11||T-4|
|2010||St. Mary’s Mount 20–31||14–18||Sixth|
|2011||Mount St. Mary||16–35||7–25||9th|
|2012||Mount St. Mary 9 0242||14–40||7–25||9th|
|2013||Saint Mary’s Mountain||11–37||6–26||9th|
|2015||St Mary’s Mountain||12-31||10-14||T-5th||Mount Saint Mary||11–37||8–24||7th|
|2017||Mount Saint Mary||8–39||5–23||7th|
|Mount St. Mary||21–33||15–13||4th||NEC Tournament|
|2019||Mount St. Mary||15–35||8–16 7 -242|
|2020||Hor St. Mary’s||2-10||0-0||Season canceled due to COVID-19|
|Mount St. Mary:||373-690||211-351||General:||373–690|
National Champion Postseason Invitational Champion
90,000 Mount Everest (Chomolungma) – everything you need to know
Reminiscent of the shape of a pyramid that has risen many kilometers above sea level due to the movement of lithospheric plates, Everest rises above Asia right on the border of China and Nepal. This peak is rightfully considered one of the most magnificent in beauty, but, at the same time, tragic and dangerous places in the world. Its rocky silhouette invariably attracts numerous brave and courageous conquerors who are trying to reach the top at the cost of great efforts, and sometimes even at the cost of their own lives.
Unfortunately, many climbers remained forever among the snow and rocky gorges. More than 235 climbers and local residents died while trying to conquer the highest peak in the world (although the exact death toll remains unknown today, because not all of them officially registered their ascent).The difficulty lies not only in the high atmospheric pressure and thin air, which cannot be breathed for a long time, but also in the danger of the route itself. Nevertheless, despite all these difficulties, many people continue to risk their lives in order to spend a few minutes on top of the world. There is something in it that irresistibly attracts brave climbers …
How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest?
This question is very popular today.Everyone knows that high-altitude expeditions require not only serious physical and tactical training of the participants, but also considerable investments. Average price is around $ 30,000 if you go on your own or with your organized and independent group. Travel companies offer their own expeditions, and the price of their services is about $ 60,000. The cost of a VIP-level expedition, which includes constant Internet access and telephone communication, is often higher than $ 90,000. In general, it all depends on the guide and the quantity and quality of services included in the package.However, when choosing an instructor and a company, it is important to consider not only the price and the image of the company. It is always best to study the matter yourself and very scrupulously. In particular, it will not be superfluous to pay attention to whether the package includes the cost of the flight and services of the Sherpas. The fact is that sometimes you have to pay for the participation of local “assistants” on the spot, when you are already at the base camp, so in order to avoid unexpected surprises, it is always better to study the details in advance.
Why is it so expensive?
The government of Nepal levies a mandatory tax on all foreigners who wish to climb Mount Everest.Depending on the size of the group and the time period, the fee can range from $ 11,000 to $ 25,000.
Many readers will probably be indignant: “Where are these prices from ??!” But, on the other hand, judge for yourself: even with such collection, there are tens of tons of garbage on the slopes; more than 200 people died during the ascent of Everest … Imagine what would have happened if this fee had not been charged – the number of climbers, of course, would have increased dramatically, and the peak would have looked like something terrible.
Another important point is the correct selection of the necessary equipment, which also costs a lot of money. The cost of guides, instructors and sherpas often depends on the size of the group, so prices change from year to year.
- Everest, part of the Himalayan mountain range, is 29,035 feet (8,848 meters) high.
- A sedentary volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, Mauna Kea, ranks first in the ranking of the highest mountains in the world, excluding sea level.
- Age of Everest – more than 60 million years, it was formed due to the tremors of the Indian tectonic plate in the direction of the Asian.Due to seismic activity in the Everest region, it grows about a quarter of an inch (0.25 “) higher every year.
- The peak is located directly on the border of Nepal to the south and China, also known as Tibet, to the north.
- Chomolungma (translated from Tibetan) literally means “the holy mother of the universe.”
- To keep warm, climbers are advised to use oxygen at the summit. As for food, it is good to eat plenty of rice and noodles even before the climb, as it will take a significant amount of energy for such an expedition. On average, climbers burn over 10,000 calories daily, a figure that doubles as they climb to the summit; throughout the entire expedition, its members lose 10 to 20 pounds of weight.
- Throughout the history of attempts to conquer the summit, it is officially known that 282 people (including 169 western climbers and 113 Sherpas) died on Everest from 1924 to August 2015. If we talk about the causes of death, then 102 climbers were injured while trying to climb without the use of additional oxygen.Most of the bodies to this day remain in the snow and gorges, although Chinese officials said many bodies were removed. The most common cause of death is snow and rock falls, followed by avalanches and third by mountain sickness.
- The youngest person ever to climb the summit is an American high school student named Jordan Romero. He made his ascent at the age of 13, on May 23, 2010 (he climbed the peak from the north side).
- 14 climbers managed to cross from one side of the peak to the other.
- Winds at the summit can reach 200 miles per hour.
- On average, it takes about 40 days to climb. The fact is that the human body needs some time to get used to being at such an altitude above sea level and to acclimatize immediately before the ascent.
- The first climbers who managed to climb Mount Everest without using additional oxygen in cylinders were a bunch of Reynold Messner and Peter Hubler (Italy) back in 1978.Later, 193 climbers who followed their example also managed to climb the summit without resorting to additional oxygen (this is 2.7% of all climbs to the peak). Each breath at the summit of Mount Everest has 66% less oxygen than a breath taken at sea level.
- To date, there have been about 7000 ascents of Everest peak, more than 4000 people participated in all known routes.
- The oldest climber who managed to conquer the mountain was Miura Yuchiro (Japan), who climbed at the age of 80 on May 23, 2013.
- There are 18 different official routes for climbing the summit of Everest.
- The first woman to climb the summit of Everest was the Japanese climber Janko Tabei (1975).
- In order not to fall off the rocks and glaciers, climbers use nylon ropes with a diameter of 10 millimeters. Special metal spikes (“crampons”) are put on the soles of the boots to prevent slipping. In addition, ice axes are used to stop a possible fall on rocky and icy surfaces.In terms of clothing, climbers opt for thick suites that are filled with goose feathers.
- Sherpas are the collective name for people who live in western Nepal. Initially, several centuries ago, they migrated from Tibet. Today they help climbers prepare for the ascent: they help carry food, tents and other supplies to the intermediate camps located above the base camp.
- Climbers begin using oxygen cylinders at an altitude of 7,925 m (26,000 ft).but this only achieves a 915 m (3000 ft) difference in how they feel. Basically, at 8,230 m (27,000 ft), a person will feel like they are 7,315 m (24,000 ft) above sea level, which, in fact, will not make a significant difference in the well-being of climbers.
- Peak temperatures can drop to –62C (80F below zero).
Everest appeared on the earth’s surface about 60 million years ago .The mountain has a rather long history of “first climbers”, starting with an unsuccessful attempt, which was made back in 1921 by the British expedition of George Mallory and Guy Bullock. Much later, in 1953, the highest peak of the Earth was still conquered by a brave bunch of Italian climbers Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. The history of ascents and new achievements continues to this day. But the highest peak in the world is not only a vantage point or a serious challenge for climbers, but also a home for highlanders, Sherpas, who have lived there for over 500 years.This small nation is the best guides and porters for tourists and professionals who have decided to challenge fate and climb the highest and most difficult summit of our planet.
Where is Everest located?
Everest is not only the tallest mountain, it is also the highest point located on the border of two countries. The mountain is located between the territories of China and Nepal, but its peak is in China, or rather, in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Everest is part of the Himalayan mountain system and is only one of the nine peaks of this mountain range.Interestingly, the Himalayas are made up of thirty-nine highest peaks in the world, which is why Everest has many young “brothers”. Together they form a fence between the Tibetan plateau and the Indian subcontinental plate.
The entire mountain system is located in South Asia and passes through Pakistan, Bhutan, Tibet, India and Nepal. This is the reason why Everest has several names. In Tibet it is called “Chomolungma”, the Chinese version of the name is “Shèngmǔ Fēng”. The locals in Darjeeling call it “Deodungha” which translates to “Holy Mountain”.For many years it was believed that the highest peak in the world is in the Andes, and only in 1852, a mathematician from India was able to reveal to the world the really highest mountain.
How did it get its name?
The highest mountain was discovered by George Everest, who served as Indian Secretary General, in 1841. Since then, the official name that was given to the highest peak of the Earth comes from the name of the discoverer. Before that, in different countries, the summit was called differently, based on local languages and dialects.But since the highest point of the planet should have a single and understandable name for everyone, the name of the one who officially discovered it became internationally recognized.
In which country is Everest located?
At various points in its history, Everest was considered part of both China and Nepal. After the annexation in May 1959, relations between Nepal and China became absolutely friendly, and the fact that the border between the countries passes at the peak of the highest mountain in the world is a symbolic confirmation of this.Therefore, in theory, the peak that is closest to space does not belong to one particular country, but is the common property of Nepal and China. Every tourist who has decided to at least look at Everest from the side, not to mention climbing to the top, can at his discretion choose which side it is more convenient to do it from. But for the sake of justice, it should be noted that the view from Nepal is much more beautiful, and the ascent is much easier.
What is the height of Mount Everest?
Imagine that you live in a world where there is no Mount Everest, it has not yet been discovered, and at school the teacher tells you that the highest mountain is the one called Kanchenjunga, or Dhaulagiri, for example.Even in the 19th century, many were convinced that the highest point on our planet was anything other than Mount Everest. Only in 1852 was it confirmed that Everest is the highest point on our planet. The height of the mountain is 8848 meters above sea level and
annually increases by 4 millimeters due to the movement of plates . In addition, earthquakes in Nepal can move Everest and even change its height. So, modern scientists continue to argue that none of the measurements of the height of Everest, either from the Chinese or from the Nepalese side, is correct.Chomolungma continues to grow. Continental plates do not stand still, they are constantly pushing Everest higher and higher.
Curiously, the exact height of the mountain is still a matter of controversy. Back in 1856, when British researchers were first able to measure the height of the peak with a theodolite, it was recorded that it was 8.840 m (or 22.002 feet). The current official height of Everest is 8.848 m (29.029 ft).
To imagine how high Everest is, it is enough to understand that its highest point is located almost at the flight level of the fighter plane.Therefore, it is not at all surprising that the slopes of this mountain are not inhabited by animals and birds due to the high pressure and rarefied air. However, Everest is home to one rare spider that lurks in the crevices of the mountains. This insect feeds on other frozen insects that reach the summit with winds and snow masses.
The Everest massif is made up of several distinct peaks such as Changze 7,580 m (24,870 ft) high, Nuptse 7.855 m (58.772 ft) and Lhotse – 8.516 m, or 27.940 ft. At the time of the discovery of these peaks, it was very difficult to measure the height of the mountain peak with accuracy. Then, to measure height, special devices called theodolites were used, which weighed more than 500 kg (1,100 pounds), and it took 10-15 people to move such a device. Several attempts were made to measure the exact height of the Everest mountain peak, and it was only in 1949, shortly before the first ascent, that accurate data were finally obtained.
The closest place where people live is Rongbuk, a Buddhist temple that was founded back in 1902. It was reconstructed not so long ago after complete destruction in the 70s of the last century, during the civil war. Currently, this place is becoming the last living quarters on the climbers’ way to the top of the world. In Rongbuk, you can stay in a small hotel and even dine in a tiny restaurant.
For nearly three hundred years, the highest known point on Earth was Chimborazo, a volcano in the Andes.Its height is “only” 6,267 meters. In the 19th century, this version was destroyed, as the world became aware of a new champion – Nanda Devi peak in India with a height of 7,816 meters. It may sound ridiculous, but today Nanda Devi is ranked only 23rd in the list of the tallest mountains in the world. But there is a reason that the listed peaks were indeed the highest points of the world known at that time: after all, Nepal, which is called the roof of the world for a reason, was closed to everyone for a long time.
Interesting to know
Everest is officially considered one of the most polluted mountains in the world due to the lack of infrastructure and the presence of a constant influx of tourists. Numerous groups leave behind a huge amount of trash, ranging from simple food bags to oxygen tanks and old equipment that have been stored and accumulated for decades on the slopes of this mountain, considered sacred by the locals.
Scientists constantly find the remains of marine life that were petrified in the structure of rocks 450 million years ago , at a time when the surface of Everest was not yet a peak or mountain, but remained part of the seabed.The Himalayas were formed only about 60 million years ago. The record holders for visiting the peak of Everest are two Sherpas: Apa Sherpa and Tashi Purba, who managed to climb the peak 21 times, having the opportunity to admire the alpine landscape of the Himalayan mountains from the highest point.
Unfortunately, Mount Everest turned out to be a very difficult place to climb and is rightfully considered one of the most dangerous peaks on Earth. The danger lies in record low temperatures and air with a low oxygen content, frequent collapses and avalanches, which took many lives of local residents and climbers who decided to overcome this height.The greatest tragedy in Everest history happened in 2014, when a huge avalanche killed 16 local Nepalese guides. This happened near one of the base camps. The second largest was the tragedy of 1996, when 15 climbers did not return from the ascent.
These people died for various reasons, some due to the use of inappropriate equipment, others due to a lack of oxygen in the cylinders or unexpected changes in weather conditions that made it impossible to return to base camp.The third in the number of victims was the unsuccessful expedition of 2011, when 11 people remained forever in the snows of the Himalayan mountains. They are all buried in the snow and ice of Everest. Avalanches and rockfalls are the most common causes of death on the slopes of Everest.
Everest Base Camps
For those who have decided to climb Everest, there are, as mentioned earlier, two options – to start the ascent from the side of China or go along the Nepalese route.In order to get used to the atmospheric pressure and acclimatize at altitude, there are two main base camps. In any of them, each tourist will be able to spend the necessary amount of time so that the body gets used to the new conditions, since acclimatization in this case will help prevent mountain sickness. Both camps have doctors who can advise climbers and assess the health of each before climbing. Staying for some time at the base camp helps to avoid the occurrence of health problems associated with changes in pressure.
The South Camp is located on the side of Nepal, and the North Camp is on the Tibetan (Chinese) side of Everest. Although the northern camp can even be reached by car on summer days, the southern camp is becoming more and more popular. And, of course, all the inhabitants of the surrounding villages, who were previously engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry, are now fully focused on providing visitors with everything they need. They help in transporting things and supplies to the upper intermediate control points, in preparing food, and offering various products.In addition to the main intermediate camps on the Everest trek, there are several others located both before and after the main two. They represent intermediate stations on the way to conquering the top of the world.
The supply of food and equipment to the southern base camp is carried out by Sherpa carriers, since transport links in this region are not possible. Food, medicine and everything you need is delivered by yaks, local pack animals.
If you think that everyone can climb Everest, if you just really want to, you are greatly mistaken. First, it is very expensive, about $ 60,000 . Climbing the highest mountain in the world is not just a fun adventure. It is important to understand that this is not an ordinary cozy tourism, but a challenge and risk of mortal danger. Every year, several tourists die in an attempt to conquer this rocky peak: someone falls into an abyss or a gap between glaciers, someone cannot withstand high temperatures, and someone gets mountain sickness.
Naturally, such a difficult test will require serious preparation and a huge amount of special equipment: shoes, clothing, tools and gadgets.A large group of experts and assistants are also required for the proper organization of the trip and many years of experience in climbing other peaks. But if we talk about the process itself, then it is, of course, extremely exciting. Regardless of which route you take, it is recommended that you travel with a Sherpa companion. Today the region is home to some 3,000 Sherpas, all of whom are first-class guides, assistants and carriers, as well as summit conquerors. In short, Sherpas are a nation of highlanders.If you have seen the famous photograph of the first man’s ascent of Mount Everest, then you will understand how amazing, inexpressible with words, feelings at the top can be. As Tenzing Norgay confessed, “I wanted to jump, dance, these were the best feelings in my life, because I stood above the whole world.”
The most popular season for climbing Mount Everest is spring . Autumn expeditions are less popular. Today, the most popular way to climb Mount Everest is on a guided expedition.This ensures that there is a professional with the group who knows the surest route to the top. In addition, his knowledge and experience can be relied on even in the most unpredictable situations, he is a reliable support and support for the group. The guide will be able to explain to the participants everything there is to know before starting the ascent, help to select the necessary equipment and check the physical condition, as well as the health of the participants, in advance.
The very first step to climbing Mount Everest is to start proper preparation, including getting serious experience of climbing other peaks.These are very important requirements, since such an expedition is quite risky and dangerous and requires certain skills. It starts at one of the base camps (on the southern or northern slope), which is chosen depending on the route and ascent plan. So, to reach the base camp, located at an altitude of about 5,000 m (16,000 feet) above sea level, participants will need about a week. Here they can talk to experienced guides, check their physical condition and get some rest before climbing Mount Everest.Then, for an additional fee, climbers can enlist the help of Sherpa mountaineers to help bring the necessary equipment, food and oxygen tanks to the intermediate camps.
How long does it take to climb Everest?
Of course, climbing to the top of the world does not at all imply a walk along the picturesque snow-covered slopes. For less trained climbers and for those who have at least a minimal risk of developing any disease, the acclimatization period at an average altitude (in the base camp at an altitude of 5100 meters above sea level) in some cases can reach 30-40 days.For a whole month, you will be surrounded by Sherpas and your companions, until your body gets used to the pressure of the atmosphere and the lack of oxygen. Only then can you continue climbing.
On average, when it comes to tourist expeditions, the duration of the entire ascent (from the moment you arrive in Kathmandu to being at the highest point in the world) will be about 60 days . When everything is ready, it will take about 7 days to climb from the base camp to the summit.After that, approximately 5 more days will be spent on the descent to the base camp.
The first man to conquer Mount Everest
Although Edmund Hillary was the first person who managed to set foot on the top of the world, many attempts to climb Everest were made long before him. Back in the twenties, a special expedition of the recently created Everest Committee was developing the most optimal ascent routes. It is not surprising that the members of this expedition were the first to set foot on the top of the “sacred mountain”, which Everest was for the locals.Yet two completely different people, Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese climber Tenzing Norgay, jointly made the first successful ascent to the summit from the south side and finally managed to find themselves where no man’s foot had ever gone before.
In 1953, when this outstanding event finally happened, China closed Everest to any visit, and the world community allowed no more than one expedition a year. In conditions of low temperatures, constantly tormented by strong gusts of wind, Tenzing and Hillary, despite the need to stay in one place for several days in a row, were still able to conquer the highest point of the planet. Edmund Hillary dedicated his achievement to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, and it was the best gift in honor of a significant event in Great Britain. Although Hillary and Tenzing spent only 15 minutes at the top of the mountain, these 15 minutes today are comparable only to the first steps on the moon.
The youngest person to ever reach the top is an American eighth grader from California. He was only 13 years old on the day of the ascent. A resident of Nepal, a 15-year-old girl named Min Kipa Shira, became the second in the ranking of the youngest climbers who managed to conquer Everest.Her ascent was crowned with success in 2003. The oldest man to climb Mount Everest is 80-year-old Miura Yuchiro from Japan, and the oldest woman is Tamae Watanabe from Japan, who climbed at the age of 73.
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90,000 The easiest mountains to climb. The most dangerous mountains in the world
Mountain peaks lost in the clouds have always attracted people with their grandeur and inaccessibility. This is how a person is arranged that he needs to assert himself and feel himself the ruler of the world. And where else can you experience the heady feeling of omnipotence, if not at a great height, to which even birds cannot fly. Therefore, for many decades, thousands of climbers have been storming the highest mountains of the planet covered with ice and snow in order to prove to themselves and others their uniqueness.
However, mountain peaks are different. Some are well-disposed towards climbers, while others can be described as the most dangerous mountains that can take the life of stubborn climbers. Their icy slopes are characterized by landslides, avalanches, strong winds, and at high altitudes, a lack of oxygen begins to be felt.
The cohort of the most dangerous mountains includes Everest
is the highest peak in the world. The height of this giant rock formation is 8848 meters.Tens of thousands of professional climbers dream of conquering it. The first ascent to the summit took place on May 29, 1953. Since then, more than 7.5 thousand people have visited the summit, and more than 3 thousand people have climbed Everest more than 1 time.
The body of the deceased climber on Everest
But we must not forget about the dead. There are about 300 of them. And who knows, maybe at the moment when you read these lines, another climber is dying on the slope of the majestic mountain. This huge mountain range has long been called a graveyard for climbers. At the same time, no one removes the bodies of the dead, since there are simply no opportunities for this. The frozen remains in bright clothes lie at different heights for years and begin to serve as landmarks for other climbers.
So the corpse of Indian citizen Tsewang Palzhor lay at an altitude of 8.5 thousand meters for 17 years. He was even nicknamed “green boots” as Palzhora wore bright green shoes before climbing. And there are a lot of such bodies on the icy slopes of Everest.And people are dying because of severe weather conditions. The icy wind piercing through and through, the temperature of minus 50-60 degrees Celsius, the lack of oxygen in the rarefied atmosphere – all this contributes to the death of climbers. But nothing stops people, and they stubbornly climb up.
More bodies of dead climbers
Nothing good can be said about another mountain in the Himalayas, called Annapurna
. Its height reaches 8091 meters, and all these meters represent one continuous danger, covered with ice build-ups.When conquering this mountain, up to 40% of climbers died.
On the territory of the Himalayas in Pakistan there is a mountain Nanga Parbat
with a height of 8126 meters. Before Everest gained popularity among climbers, it was this mountain that ranked first in terms of the number of deaths. She even received the nickname “Killer Mountain”. In 1953, 62 people died at once while trying to reach its top. But apparently Nanga Parbat quenched her thirst for blood, and in subsequent years, the death rate of climbers decreased significantly.Currently, it does not exceed 5.5%.
View of Mount Annapurna
The most dangerous mountains would lose their high status if they did not include such a mountain peak as Kanchenjunga
with a height of 8586 meters. It is located in the Himalayas and is considered the third highest in the world. For climbers, it is a real nightmare due to inclement weather and constant avalanches. The mortality rate among those who dream of conquering this wayward mountain reaches 25%.
Mount Chogori can boast of no less bloodthirstiness
with a height of 8614 meters, also belonging to the Himalayas.Climbing conditions on it are extreme. The harsh peak does not forgive even the smallest mistakes, and therefore every 4th climber who dreams of conquering it dies. In winter, climbing is not possible at all.
However, not only the Himalayas can boast of the most dangerous mountains. The Alps, located in prosperous Europe, are no less dangerous. Here the leading position is occupied by such a mountain peak as Mont Blanc
with a maximum height of 4810 meters.The first ascent to this mountain range dates back to August 8, 1786. In 1808, the majestic mountain was conquered by the woman Maria Paradis. However, for more than 200 years, several thousand climbers have died on the slopes of Mont Blanc, and therefore the mountain is considered the record for mortality.
View of Mount Eiger
Another mountain in the Alps is also of great danger – Eiger
. It is located in Switzerland, and the height of this mountain formation reaches 3970 meters. The Eiger is considered one of the deadliest peaks in the world, although its height is not very impressive.This peak is often referred to as the “cannibal”. It is notable for its large elevation difference and constantly changing weather. For a century and a half of ascents, this peak claimed the lives of 65 people.
The most dangerous mountains in the world include Matterhorn
is a mountain peak in the Alps on the border of Switzerland and Italy with a height of 4478 meters. This is one of the most difficult peaks in the Alpine mountains to climb. Its northern slope is considered inaccessible and technically difficult to climb. Also avalanches and rockfalls often occur on the Matterhorn.True, despite this, the wayward peak was conquered twice in 1865. But one of the groups of 4 people on the way back fell into the abyss due to a broken cable.
View of the Matterhorn
But not only in Eurasia are the most dangerous mountains in the world. They are in America too. Here you can call Fitzroy
with a height of 3359 meters. Its location is Patagonia, on the border between Chile and Argentina. This majestic granite peak is one of the most dangerous climbers in the world.Only one successful ascent is recorded here per year.
Climbers face two challenges. The first is a steep section with a height of 600 meters. The second problem is inclement weather. It can last for weeks and kills any urge to climb rocks. In addition, it is possible to climb Fitzroy only from December to February, when summer reigns in the Southern Hemisphere.
View of Mount Fitzroy
Vinson Massif enjoys a relatively high popularity among climbers
, located in Antarctica.Its height reaches 4892 meters. However, the mountains of Antarctica are not considered difficult to climb in a climbing environment. Since 1958, at least one and a half thousand people have climbed to their summits. The most difficult thing is to get to the massif, but Antarctica favors penguins more than people. Therefore, it is not very difficult to disappear in a snowstorm forever.
Trying to conquer the highest mountain in the world – Everest, hundreds of climbers lost their lives. Many believe that Everest is not only the tallest mountain in the world, but also the most deadly to climb.This is not entirely true. Approximately 3,000 climbers have successfully reached the peak of Everest, including a 13-year-old blind child and a 73-year-old woman who broke her own record for oldest female climber this month. This selection contains five mountains believed to be more deadly to climbers than Mount Everest
1. Kanchenjunga India
28,169 feet (8,585.9 meters)
Climbers attempted to conquer Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. for fifty years, but were able to reach its highest point only in 1955.The mountain, which is famous for its constant avalanches and inclement weather, has no routes or paths. The death rate on this mountain has reached a whopping 22% since the 1990s. Only 187 climbers were able to reach the summit of Kanchenjunga.
2. K2 (Chogori)
Located between China and Pakistan.
28.251 feet (8.611 meters)
K2 is responsible for the death of one of four climbers who make it to the top level. Conquering the holy grail of mountaineering means dealing with steeper, icy slopes and less predictable weather than Everest.Since 1954, 280 people have conquered the mountain. Dozens of deaths have been reported since 1939, most of which occurred during the descent. The mortality rate on this mountain since the 1990s has reached 19.7%
26.545 feet (8.091 meters)
Since the first climb in 1950, only 130 people have climbed Annapurna, and approximately 53 have died trying to climb there.This mountain is ranked 10th among the highest mountains in the world. But despite this, it has a mortality rate of 41% (it’s almost like 50/50)
4. Nangaparbat, Kashmir
26.657 feet (8126 m)
The mountain has the nickname “human absorber”. Nangaparbat is the ninth largest mountain in the world. The wall of ice on its south side has mesmerized climbers since the first successful climb in 1953.263 people were able to conquer the mountain and 62 people died trying to do it. (Most of the deaths occurred before 1953). The mortality rate is 5.5% (near Everest 4.4)
5. Eiger, Switzerland
13,000 feet (3.962 meters)
Translated from German, Eiger means cannibal. Mount Eiger is far from the highest, but this did not prevent it from gaining a reputation as one of the most deadly – dangerous mountains in the world.The most dangerous place here is the “death wall”, which is 6,000 feet (2 kilometers) long. This gap is dangerous because chunks of melting ice often fall from it, so it is safer to climb during the coldest months. The mountain was first conquered in 1938. Trying to conquer the mountain, 64 climbers died.
We have collected for you the five most dangerous mountains in the world and learned from a professional climber all the intricacies of preparing for the ascent.
December 11 is the International Day of Mountains. This holiday appeared quite recently, only at the UN Assembly in 2003, which is very surprising considering how important mountains are for our world. They not only make up a quarter of the entire land surface and are home to more than ten percent of the population; mountains are the basis for the economic prosperity of mankind. And also, in the pagan cultures of the world, mountains have always been a sacred place – the abode of spirits and gods (the same ancient Greek Olympus).
But not all mountains are beautiful and serene. Among them there are real predators who strictly judge everyone who decides to conquer them.
“360 Moscow Region” decided to recall the most cruel and treacherous peaks in the world, which are always ready to throw down an unlucky climber. And, if you immediately remember Everest 8844 meters high, then you are not entirely right. Although at its top the temperature drops to -60 degrees, and the wind speed sometimes reaches two hundred meters per second, this is not the most dangerous peak in the world.
More than three thousand climbers have conquered Everest, both alone and as part of a group. Oh yes, a 13-year-old blind child and a 73-year-old woman also climbed this mountain in a group. And although Everest has gathered its bloody harvest from those who decided to reach the top, there are even more dangerous peaks in the world.
In addition to a selection of the most dangerous peaks in the world, “360 Podmoskovye” learned about some of the difficulties and subtleties of mountaineering from Anna Pomazova, a professional mountain climber.
Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) is not only the third highest peak in the world, but also one of the most dangerous climbing routes in the entire globe. A simple rule applies to the rest of the world: technological innovations reduce mortality. Kanchenjunga, on the other hand, is completely indifferent to technical progress. The summit continues to kill climbers with frightening frequency, and the mortality rate has only increased in recent years.
The name of the mountain is translated from Tibetan as Five Treasures of the Great Snows.The five peaks of Kanchenjunga are the five treasures: silver, gold, jewelry, grain and sacred texts. The mountain (which the locals endow with a female spirit) jealously guards its treasures and tries to kill all who encroach on them. By the way, Kanchenjunga especially hates female climbers. Only one of them was able to conquer this mountain – the Englishwoman Jeanette Harrison. True, six months later, she tragically died during the conquest of Mount Dhaulagiri.
– What are the features of preparation for high-mountain ascents?
Preparation should be appropriate for the problems that may arise at altitude.Basically, this is the so-called mountain sickness, which occurs due to the fact that a person is not used to altitude. This is a lack of oxygen, so training should include elements with a breathing load. It is possible to run up and down at ragged distances, faster and slower. So that the respiratory system is trained.
Another aspect is muscular fitness. This is a big load, first of all, on the legs. The most beneficial is running and walking (at a fast pace). Moreover, you need to train not on flat terrain, preferably hills with ups and downs, not asphalt roads, but unpaved ones.For climbers and those who go to the mountains, the basic training is running. Well, plus to this, since during ascents there are often technical elements, you also need to squat, pull yourself up. That is, of course, this is general physical training. The exercises seem to be commonplace, but, nevertheless, quite important in order to prepare for a hike in the mountains.
Chogori, or K2
Chogori (8611 meters) is the most difficult and dangerous peak in the world, despite the fact that it is the second highest after Everest.This is hell and at the same time the Holy Raal of any self-respecting climber. Only 284 climbers were able to conquer K2. The overall mortality rate of mountain climbers at this summit is 25%. This peak was never conquered in winter.
– What do they eat in the mountains?
Food is very individual and, probably, there are no uniform standards. There are many different types of products now, including for athletes. But the basic so-called “layout” should come from how many calories we are going to burn there.And, accordingly, you need to try to restore this amount of calories. This, of course, is very difficult, because you cannot carry heavy products, and it is not always possible to take large quantities. Therefore, they take the most high-calorie foods, for example, chocolate, something meat – sausages, bacon. And the main dishes, as in ordinary life, are cereals and pasta. Some athletes do take active supplements, but this is not a dogma, and not many people are passionate about it.
This is not one peak, but a whole mountain range in the Himalayas, the highest point of which reaches a height of 8091 meters. Annapurna is the tenth highest of all eight-thousanders. She was the first of this type of mountains to allow man to conquer his peak. However, this does not give reason to think that climbing it is a pleasure walk. Some thirty years ago, every second climber remained forever on the slopes of Annapurna, but now these numbers have become more optimistic: the mortality rate of climbers on the mountain is about 19%.
– There is also such a question: which is harder, to go up or down?
Of course, everything strongly depends on specific places, a specific peak and on a person’s abilities. More often than not, the climb seems to be the hardest. But there is such a nuance that, firstly, after lifting the legs get tired. When you go down hard and the load is unusual for a person, the leg is directed downward a little. And this load is very large, and many say that it is harder for them to go down. In addition, there is also such an aspect that the ascent is often delayed, this is a rather difficult event, for several hours, or even for several days.And when the descent begins, the person is already very tired. The descent is difficult because of this, there is no strength. All forces were put on the rise, because it is believed that the goal is achieved when a person is at the top. But, in fact, it was achieved when you returned.
Eiger is a peak in the Bernese Alps with a height of only 3970 meters. “Not even four thousand? And what’s dangerous?” – you say and you will be wrong. Despite the “childish” height, this peak competed with the eight-thousanders in terms of danger and difficulty of climbing.Moreover, for a long time there were no even attempts to get to the top: it just seemed impossible. The thing is that in the last part of the route, glaciers and pieces of rock repeatedly slide down the two-kilometer slope onto the climbers. The Eiger is an icy hell that can still fill up a gaping climber with tons of ice.
– Are there unconquered peaks in the world?
Of course, there are others. There are, of course, fewer and fewer of them. Basically, of course, they are concentrated in the Himalayas.This is not yet fully explored mountain piece.
The Karakorum mountain range in Pakistan has always enjoyed a notoriety among climbers. But among all the peaks, Banntha Brakk (7285 meters) was the most difficult to access and deadly. Only three ascents on it were successfully completed, and between the first (1977) and the second (2001) 24 years passed. For its bloodthirsty disposition, the locals nicknamed the mountain “cannibal”.
When attempts are made to conquer the highest and most dangerous peaks, the process resembles “hussar roulette”. First of all, we are talking about climbing mountains “eight-thousanders”. It is well known that at an altitude of 5000 m above sea level in the human body, which has not undergone special training, there is a lack of oxygen, its adaptation and general performance decrease.
At an altitude of more than 8000 meters, the amount of oxygen is significantly reduced and is only 30% of the norm necessary for the human body, such conditions are very dangerous to health.
So, the most dangerous mountains are where the so-called physiological zone of the atmosphere ends.
Tibet, Western Nepal
Mountain (Tibet, Western Nepal) – 8091 meters above sea level. The Annapurna mountain range is part of the Main Himalayan Range. The summit of Annapurna is considered the most difficult to climb. In confirmation of this – the names of the mountain given by the locals: Durga – “Inaccessible”, Kali – “Black”, “Terrible”. The death rate when trying to conquer it reaches 41%.
Annapurna gained fame as the first eight-thousander conquered by man in history. For the first time it was overcome by the French Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal on June 3, 1950. They spent about 14 days on the descent from the mountain, the result of severe frostbite was the loss of all toes, and Maurice also had frostbite on his hands. It is also considered to be the most outstanding achievement in the history of world mountaineering.
Since the first ascent, another 130 people have tried to climb the summit.Annapurna is unmatched in the world in terms of the danger that climbers face. One of the biggest tragedies happened here in 2014, when 39 climbers were caught in snow storms and a series of avalanches. All died.
Mountain peak in Karakorum, Chogori K2 – 8611 meters above the sea surface, occupies the second position among the highest points in the world. It rises up on the border of Pakistan and China. Chogori is considered dangerous for human climbing from a technical point of view.Even the easiest of its routes involve overcoming steep cliffs, glaciers in the form of overhanging boulders and pillars. It is technical difficulties that explain the 25% mortality rate of extreme sportsmen trying to conquer K2.
Most climbers prefer to climb the route from the Pakistani side. But even here they are in danger – the narrowest part of the path, where avalanches can be caught at any moment. It is considered impossible to conquer K2 in winter.
Mount Chogori, in terms of the technical complexity of the routes, is slightly inferior to Mount Nanga Parbat (“Naked Mountain”), reaching 8126 m.The summit is located in the northwestern part of the Himalayan mountains. To get to the top is possible only by walking along a very narrow ridge – the southern side (4600 meters high) is recognized as the largest mountain slope in the world.
Nanga Parbat was first crossed in 1953 by Hermann Buhl. The climber undertook a 40-hour ascent without the aid of an ice ax and oxygen. Since then, 263 people have climbed it, 62 climbers have died during the entire period. The mortality rate is 21%.The mountains received the well-deserved name “Killer Mountains” and “Human Absorbers”. But, despite this, the mountain attracts extreme lovers, especially not the criminal ice wall of the southern slope, and daredevils challenge it.
In India, there is another dangerous mountain for climbing – Kanchenjunga (“Mountain of Five Treasures”). It is the highest point in the Himalayas – 8586 meters above the sea surface and the third highest in the world.
For half a century, Kanchenjunga remained unconquered, and only in 1955 climbers managed to reach its summit.There are no paved routes or paths on the mountain. The frequent inclement weather and regular avalanches add to the difficulties. During all this time, only 187 athletes managed to reach its top. It should be noted that the number of deaths only increases over time, and today it is 22%.
Mount Mont Blanc (“White Mountain”) – the highest mountain in Western Europe – 4810 meters. Nearby, on the mountain range of the same name, there are the popular ski resorts of Chamonix and Courmayeur.
The technical characteristics of the Mont Blanc ascent are not particularly difficult, but accidents occur annually. Unfavorable weather conditions and regular avalanches have an effect. For the first time, the British – William Wyndham and Richard Pocock – climbed the neighboring Mont Blanc peak in 1741. And already in August 1786 Michel Paccard and Jacques Balma conquered Mont Blanc.
Matterhorn (4478 meters) is renowned for its uniqueness.In shape, it very much resembles a horn, as if growing out of a valley. It is located in a picturesque alpine area, in the border zone between Italy and Switzerland. Despite its relatively low altitude, this peak has the highest mortality rate in the Alps. As complexity is called: avalanches, rockfalls, technical characteristics and load on the routes.
In Switzerland, there is another dangerous mountain – the Eiger (“Cannibal”), which is only 3.962 meters high.The most dangerous is the so-called “death wall”, 2000 meters long, from which chunks of melted ice break off and slide down. Climbers climb the summit for safety in the poorest months of the year. The Eiger was first conquered in 1938. During this time, 64 athletes died on its slopes.
Broad Peak is located in Pakistan, climbers climb its two highest peaks – 8028 and 8051 m above sea level. The laurels of the discoverer of the Peak ascents belong to the legendary Herman Buhl.For the first time he conquered the summit himself, and in 1957 he undertook an ascent, leading a team of Austrian climbers. The lethal outcome when trying to climb Broad Peak is 5%.
Pakistani Mount Gasherbrum I (“Beautiful Mountain”), 8068 meters high, has 9% of deaths during ascents. It was first climbed in 1958 by climbers from America. They embarked on a successful expedition of eight, led by the most famous and experienced climbers of the time, Pete Schenning and Andy Kaufman.The ascent to the top of Gasherbrum is recognized by experts as not difficult, but 8% of those wishing to climb to the top die on its slopes.
Nepal gave the world – Makalau (“Black Giant”). Its height is 8481 meters above the sea surface and resembles a very steep four-sided pyramid. Desperate daredevils (9%) die here every year when descending from the mountain. Ice blocks are regularly displaced here and there is a high probability of storm winds (up to 120 km per hour), in winter the air temperature reaches minus 40 degrees.
In Nepal there is also the “Mountain of the Spirit” – Manaslu (8156 meters). It was first conquered by Japanese climbers in 1956. The mortality rate among climbers is 10%, the consequences of avalanches, landslides, monsoon winds affect. One of the most famous and terrible incidents: the camp, set up at an altitude of 6500 meters, was literally wiped off the cliff. The entire expedition, consisting of 15 people, was killed.
Nepalese man-eating mountain – Dhaulagiri I (“White Mountain”), the height reaches 8167 m.The mortality rate during climbing is 16%, the main reason is frequent and strong avalanches. Its southern side is considered completely inaccessible for climbing. But these characteristics thrill the desperate climbers even more.
Slightly less dangerous is climbing the highest and most famous mountain point in the world – Everest or Chomolungma (“Mother of the Universe”, “Divine Mother of Snows”), rises to 8848 m. Located on the border area between Nepal and China.Everest is also a whole mountain range, which includes the Lhotse peak – 8516 m, Nuptse – 7861 m and Changse – 7543 m.
Climbing Mount Everest is very popular with experienced climbers. The standard ascent route does not have difficult technical characteristics, but climbers are annoyed by strong winds, changeable weather conditions, and lack of oxygen.
Everest rises 3-6 centimeters above the surface every year and shifts 7 centimeters to the northeast.Every year up to 30 people die trying to conquer Elbrus – the highest peak in Europe (5642 m). Elbrus is an extinct volcano located in the western Caucasus. The summit is covered with an ice blanket consisting of 22 glaciers.
It is also worth noting the highest and most dangerous mountain points of the continents:
- In the Andes, South America – the summit of Aconcagua, 6959 m high. Although from the point of view of mountaineering, it is considered easy.
- In North America – Mount McKinley, height 6135 m.Extreme climbers prefer climbing from May to July.
- In Africa, on the territory of Tanzania, there is the famous Kilimanjaro 5895 m. Every year the summit “considers” attempts to climb up to 40,000 amateur climbers.
- The highest peak in Antarctica is Vinson Peak, 4892 m high. It is located 1200 kilometers from the South Pole of the Earth.
- Mount Punchak Jaya 4884 m – the highest point of Australia and Oceania is located in Indonesia.For the first time it was overcome in 1962 by climbers from Austria, led by Heinrich Garrer. The mountain has a high technical rating, which attracts extreme enthusiasts.
In April of this year, one of the most tragic incidents in the entire history of the conquest of the mountain happened on Everest: as a result of an avalanche at an altitude of 5800 meters, 16 Sherpa guides were killed. However, the highest peak in the world is not the most dangerous and difficult. Let’s take a look at a list of the 25 most dangerous mountain peaks around the world.
Everest, Nepal / China
Everest, being the highest peak in the world, at the same time is not the most difficult to climb, but still quite dangerous. In the entire history of climbing on the slopes of the mountain, about 250 climbers died. This year alone, an avalanche at an altitude of 5800 meters buried 16 Sherpa guides.
Makalu, Nepal / China
Makalu (pictured: a mountain with a sun glare at the top), the fifth highest mountain in the world, is located just 12 km from Everest, on the border of Napal and China.The difficulty of climbing it lies in the fact that it is difficult to get to it. Now helicopters are used for this. Makalu is considered one of the most difficult peaks among the eight-thousanders. The conquest of the “Crown of the Earth” – the conquest of all 14 eight-thousanders of the planet – is a great achievement in high-altitude mountaineering. At the moment, only 30 climbers (27 men and 3 women) have succeeded.
Photo: Oleg Dubinets
Mont Blanc, France / Italy
Technically, Mont Blanc is not a difficult peak, which attracts a huge number of climbers of all levels to it.Perhaps that is why, according to various estimates, up to 8,000 people died on the slopes of Mont Blanc.
Photo: tomas meson
Chogori or K2, Pakistan / China
Chogori or K2 – the second highest peak in the world – is arguably the most difficult and deadly mountain on this list. For every four successful ascents of Chogori, there is one death. Expeditions to K2 go only during the summer season.
Photos: Kev Little
Cerro Torre, Argetina / Chile
Looking at the photograph of Cerro Torre, one can easily imagine why this summit is so difficult.Because of the strongest cold winds, the steep top of the mountain is often covered with a dense crust of ice. The first successful attempt to climb was made only in 1974.
Photos: Geoff Livingston
Annapurna was visited by only 157 people, about 60 more died before reaching the summit. Thus, the mortality rate on this mountain is 38%, which is even higher than that of K2. However, this is not the limit: Kanchenjunga has a higher mortality rate, but more about it.The southern slope of Annapurna is considered one of the most difficult routes to climb.
Photos: Steve Razzetti
The Eiger in Switzerland is notorious for its impregnable northern wall with a vertical drop of 1650 m. 64 people died on this slope alone. The first ascent of the Eiger was made in 1858.
Mount Jannu in the Nepalese Himalayas attracts the attention of climbers around the world as one of the most beautiful and difficult peaks in the Himalayas.The most difficult sections start after 7000 meters.
Mount Logan is the second highest peak in North America after McKinley and is included in the Seven Second Summits, which includes the second highest peaks on all seven continents. Some of these peaks are considered more challenging than their more eminent and taller rivals. That is only worth, for example, K2 (mentioned above). Although the climb to Logan itself is not more difficult than McKinley, before that climbers still have to make a long way to the bottom.
Dhaulagiri I, Nepal
The Dhaulagiri mountain range consists of 11 peaks, the main of which exceeds 8 km, the rest exceed 7 km. From 1808 to 1832, Dhaulagiri was considered the highest peak in the world, but climbers turned their attention to it only in the early 1950s. Only the eighth expedition was successful. Dhaulagiri I ranks seventh in the ranking of the highest peaks and has a higher mortality rate among the Himalayan mountains of comparable height.Since 1950, 58 climbers have died on the mountain.
Gauri Shankar, Nepal / China
Gauri Shankar is located not far from his neighbor Melungtse. Since it is ascended from Nepal, not Tibet, it has accepted more climbers. As in Melungtse, the ascent to Gauri Shankar is extremely difficult.
Photos: Ashish Bhujel
Siula Grande, Peru
The summit of Siula Grande, located in the Peruvian Andes, is best known for the book “Touching the Void” by climber Joe Simpson.The book tells the story of two young British climbers who, in 1985, set out to conquer Siula Grande along a route that no one had yet traveled. In 2003, a documentary was made based on this exciting book.
Banntha Brakk, Pakistan
Only three expeditions reached the summit of this mountain in the Karakorum mountain range. It is known as one of the most difficult peaks in the world: as many as 24 years passed between the first successful ascent in 1977 and the next one in 2001.For the difficulty of climbing and the high mortality rate, the mountain received the nickname “cannibal”.
Vinson Massif, Antarctica
Climbing Vinson is not too difficult, but the problem is that it is the highest peak in Antarctica. The existence of this mountain range became known only in 1957, when it was discovered by American planes. The highest point – Vinson Peak (4892 m) is part of the Seven Summits climbing project.
Photo: Stefan Radovanovic
Cerro Paine Grande, Chile
The summit of Cerro Paine Grande is part of the Cordillera del Paine mountain range in Chile. As in the case of Fitz Roy, the difficulty of the climb lies in the sheer cliffs and unpredictable weather.
Photo: Sebastián Irarrázaval
Lhotse, Nepal / China
Lhotse is directly connected to Everest and is considered the fourth highest peak. Lhotse has recorded nearly 400 successful ascents and 20 deaths.Climbing Lhotse is not that difficult: at least one tour operator offers a package that includes climbing both peaks in one expedition.
Photo: Carsten Nebel
Melungtse, Nepal / China
The only successful attempt to climb Melungtse was recorded in 1992, but largely not because of the difficulty of the ascent, but because of the difficulty of obtaining permission from the Tibetan authorities. Nanga Parbat, Pakistan
Mount Nanga Parbat was dubbed “the eater of people.”For the first time it was possible to conquer it only in 1953, and many subsequent attempts ended tragically. The peculiarity of the ascent to Nanga Parbat is that part of the ascent from all sides is made up of sheer walls, the length of one of which, called Rupalskaya, reaches 4600 meters – this is the longest wall in the world. Nanga Parbat never conquered in winter.
St. Elias, USA / Canada
Mount St. Elias (Saint Elias), located on the Yukon-Alaska border, is not spoiled by climbers due to the dire weather conditions that make it difficult to climb most of the year.Due to the fact that the summit is only 10 miles from the ocean, it is prone to frequent Pacific storm winds.
Kanchenjunga, India / Nepal
Until 1852, Kanchenjunga was considered the highest mountain in the world, but calculations made after the 1849 expedition showed that Everest is higher, and Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak. Despite the global trend of decreasing mortality during mountain climbing, this rule does not work in the case of Kanchenjanga.In recent years, the number of tragic cases has increased to 22% and is not going to fall.
In Nepal, there is a legend that Kanchenjunga is a mountain woman, and she kills all women who try to climb its top. The only woman who managed to climb to the summit and descend back was for a long time British climber Jeanette Harrison, who conquered the Main Summit in 1998. A year and a half later, she died while climbing Dhaulagiri. In 2008, the Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner ascended the highest point of one of the most beautiful mountains of the Himalayas, in 2009 – the Spaniard Edurne Pasaban, the Polish Kinga Baranowska and the Korean O Eun Son.