Mount Everest Facts

Beyond the Edge: 10 Amazing Facts About Mount Everest

Today marks the release of adventure film, Beyond the Edge.

Mixing live action footage with incredible old clips and archive images, Beyond the Edge tells the epic tale of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay – the first ever people to climb to the mighty summit of Mount Everest.

To celebrate the film’s release, here are 10 amazing things you may not already know about the world’s tallest mountain…

Mount Everest

  • The oldest ever person to climb Everest is 80 year old Yuichiro Miura of Japan
  • On average, it takes 12 whole hours to climb the final gruelling mile to the summit
  • The last year that no one actually climbed to the top of Mount Everest was 1974
  •  News of the first Everest ascent reached the UK on the eve of the Queen’s Coronation
  • In 1998, Bear Grylls set the record for the youngest British climber to conquer Everest, aged 23

Bear Grylls

  • The summit is just below the cruising line of a jumbo jet
  • The mountain was named after Surveyor-General, George Everest, who never even saw the peak
  • In 2011, British climber Kenyon Cool was the first person to ever send a Tweet from the summit
  • The number of people to successfully climb Everest to date is around 2000
  • The temperature on the mountain never rises above freezing and actually averages at around -36C during winter

If all this talk of climbing and the great outdoors has got you in the mood to challenge yourself, why not have a look at our full range of adventure activities and experiences?

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