Among the outdoor adventure sports, mountain climbing is the most exciting, but grueling one. To get to the top of the peak, say Everest or Annapurna or any other peak above 20,000 feet, one has to toil and cross tough terrains and steep cliffs. In the case of Mt. Everest, the climber needs exemplary mental strength and good concentration, apart from good health. Listed below are amazing men who not only reached Mt. Everest in style, taking all the risks under the sun, but also set world records, thus each one of them made history and has found a permanent niche in the history of Mt. Everest expedition. The unique aspect of Everest records is the holders include young people in teens as well as men above 70 years and for them sky is the limit.
|Everest camps www.cbc.ca|
(Most ascents on Everest - 21 times)
|Apa (born Lhakpa Tenzing Sherpa en.wikipedia.org|
21 ascents of Mount Everest as of May 2011 shows his rare talents in mountain climbing in the most most difficult mountainous terrain in the world. and his record is not yet broken.
Lhakpa Tenzing Sherpa, born in Thame, a village in the Everest region of Nepal, began his climbing career in 1985, and in 1990 got a chance to climb Everest. Apa first reached the summit of Mount Everest on his fourth attempt, on May 10, 1990, with a New Zealand team led by climber Rob Hall along with Peter Hillary, son of legendary Edmund Hillary. He successfully led the first expedition on April 2012 to complete the Great Himalaya Trail, an adventure trip, covering 1,700-kilometre (1,050-mile) trek spanning the entire length of the Nepalese Himalayas.
Dave Hahn (USA):
(Most summits by a foreigner- 15 times)
In 1999, Hahn was a key member of the team that discovered the remains of George Mallory at 27,000 feet (8,200 m) on Mount Everest's North Face. Mallory died on the mountain in 1924, along with fellow climber Andrew Irvine, but it has never been determined whether or not he first reached the top
Nawang Gombu (Nepal):
(First to summit twice)
|Nawang Gombu. The Hindu|
When he was a boy Gombu was sent to Tibet to become a monk at Rongbuk Monastery, but it did not happen. He traveled extensively and several times climbed Mt. Rainier in Washington state, USA. He was an advisor at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and lived in in Darjeeling, West Bengal.
|Mt. Everest trekking, The Himalayan Times|
(Fastest ascent without oxygen)
Confirmed by Everest historian Elizabeth Hawley and Everest Summiteers' Association, Kazi holds the current speed climbing record on Mount Everest for the South Col Route, from base camp to the summit, without oxygen from base camp to the summit.
|Ang Kaji Sherpa P. YouTube|
(Most summits without supplemental oxygen)
|Ang Rita Ang Rita Sherpa. Alchetron|
Erik Weihenmayer (USA):
(First blind climb to summit Everest)
|Reached the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001Erik Weihenmayer|
Erik Weihenmayer, despite his blindness, must be a man of steel and fortitude, taking inspiration from Helen Keller. He unfortunately lost his sight at the age of 13. Undeterred, he kept his life going, surmounting the barriers on the way. That fighting spirit ultimately took him to the roof of the world Mount Everest in 2001, being the first blind climber to achieve this great triumph.
Besides in 2001, he scaled the highest peaks of the seven continents along with the elite group of climbers, thus becoming the only blind person to climb the Seven Summits. In 2014, he also solo kayaked the Grand Canyon, a journey of 277 miles along the Colorado River. His other achievement includes his 50 solo sky dives. Time Magazine honored him with a cover story. He also completed the Seven Summits in September 2002,
Earlier his exceptional climbs included the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite in 1996, and Losar, a 2700-foot tough vertical ice face in the Himalayas which he ascended in two days and 3 hours, in 2008. US President George W Bush congratulated him on his achievement.
Doug Scott and Dougal Haston (Britain):
(First Pair to summit Everest)
Scott and Haston reached the top of Everest taking a new route for the first time on the south -west face of the mountain led by Bonington. In September 1975, they became the first pair from Britain ever to reach the summit. It is worth mentioning here that five previous expeditions had failed to reach the summit on the same route.
|Dougal Haston and Doug Scott at top camp Everest, 1975Hiyalife|
Douglas Keith Scott CBE, educated at Cottesmore School in Lenton, Nottingham (born 29 May 1941), is an English mountaineer. In his early age, he showed interest in outdoor activities, in particular, mountain climbing. He is popular for his trail blazing efforts to establish a new route to Mt. Everest. He along with Dougal Haston made the first ever ascent of the south-west face choosing a new route to Mount Everest on 24 September 1975. Scott and Dougal Haston were the first Britons to climb Everest during this expedition (discounting Mallory and Irvine). He and his partner received prestigious mountaineering awards.
Reinhold Messner (Italian):
(First Everest climber without bottled oxygen)
During the last phase of ascent on Everest, the air is very thin so, the available oxygen is not good enough for the climbers who pant a lot while ascending. With inadequate oxygen at very high elevation on the snow capped peak, one may experience dizziness and disorientation. It requires lots of guts and determination to summit the peak without supplemental oxygen. Reinhold Messner and Austrian companion Peter Habeler were the first men to successfully reach the summit without supplemental oxygen.
On 8 May 1978, Reinhold Messner stood with Peter Habeler on the summit of Mount Everest, of course, without oxygen cylinder.
On 20 August 1980, Messner also made the first solo ascent without oxygen. Prior to May 1978, this ascent was disputed whether this was possible at all. For this solo climb, he chose the northeast ridge to the summit, where he crossed above the North Col in the North Face to the Norton Couloir. Thus, he became the first man to climb through this steep gorge to the summit
|Reinhold Messner in June 2002. en.wikipedia.org|
the summit of Nanga Parbat again via the Diamir, after three unsuccessful attempts.
|Everest Tibetan plateau en.wikipedia.org/|
(fastest ascent from Base Camp with bottled oxygen)
Pemba Dorje Sherpa from beding, Rolwaling Valley, Dolkha, Nepal made a record by making the fastest ever ascent of Mount Everest on 21 May 2004, taking eight hours and ten minutes; ascent from Everest South Base Camp with supplemental oxygen . The record was confirmed by Nepal's tourism ministry.
His early record for the fastest summit of 12 hours and 45 minutes in 2003, was broken by Lakpa Gelu Sherpa three days later who set a new record of 10 hours 56 minutes. Pemba Dorje disputed the claim of Lakpa Gelu, but the Nepalese government ruled it was valid.
|Pemba DorjeLhakpa SherpaWikipedia|
"Sherpa sets record Everest time". BBC News. 21 May 2004. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
Jordan Romero (USA):
(Youngest American to reach Everest)
|Jordan Romero, 13, from the ski town of Big Bear, California,.World Record Academy|
Previous record for the youngest to summit Everest was held by Ming Kipa of Nepal, who was 15 then in 2003. Jordan Romero had to climb from the Chinese side of the mountain after Nepal denied him permission on age grounds, according to nepalese.com.
Earlier just nine years of age, Romero climbed the highest peaks on six of the seven continents, including Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet / 5,895 meters) in Tanzania.
Yuichiro Miura (Japan):
(Oldest - 80 years Japanese to reach Everest)
|Yuichiro Miura TopNews|
In addition to this feat he was the first person to ski on Mount Everest on May 6, 1970 and in 1975 descended nearly 4,200 vertical feet from the South Col (elevation over 8,000 m (26,000 ft)). This demanding, risky feat was documented in 1975, in the film The Man Who Skied Down Everest. The film won the Academy Award for best documentary, the first sports film to get the honor.
Keizo Miura, took keen interest in mountain climbing and skiing in this school days.
Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes:
(Oldest Britain to reach Everest)
|English explorer. Sir Ranulph -Fiennes, en.wikipedia.org|
Sherman Bull, MD (USA):
(Oldest American to reach Mt. Everest)
|Sherman Bull, the oldest person to reach Mt. Everest at age 64 in 2001 newcanaannewsonline.com|
His 2001 victory in reaching the top of Mt. Everest was his fifth attempt. On his third try, he slipped and fell 200 meters, landing in a crevasse in the dark of the night, the traditional time for climbing up the mountain in aiming to reach the summit by dawn. He was saved by other climbers after spotting his head lamp.
Min Bahadur Sherchan(Nepal):
(oldest Nepalese to reach Everest)
|Bahadur Sherchan World Record Academy|
Gerhard Schmatz (W.Germany):
(Oldest German to reach Everest)
Gerhard Schmatz (b 1929) from West Germany was the oldest German - 50 years 118 days old to summit Everest in Octobe
|Gerhard Schmatz. hepostmortempost.com|
Hannelore Schmatz, wife of Gerhard Schmatz was also a German mountaineer (born on February 16, 1940). On October 2, 1979 and unfortunately she became the first woman, and the first German citizen to die on the upper slopes of Mount Everest. Her husband, 50-year-old Gerhard Schmatz was the leader of the expedition, becoming the oldest person to have summited Mount Everest up to that time. Hannelore was in a different group. Normally a team will be split into a small group allowing a few to summit at a time as the rest will remain at base camp. Hannelore summited that day with Swiss-American Ray Genet and a Sherpa, Sungdare. Later caught in a blizzard, both Genet and Hannelore died. For the leader of the team Hannelore's husband, Gerhard it was a nightmarish experience.
These people mentioned above achieved success and fame through passion, hard work, trust and the ability to set aside their failures. These highly motivated people are a source of inspiration to others.
Father and son summiters:
|Peter Hillory(Casual image), mountaineer & speaker. Motivational Speakers|