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Scaling Mt. Everest: A scroll up the icy path - Washington Post

Scaling Mt. Everest: A scroll up the icy path - Washington Post
On top of the world Landmark On top of the world Once they step onto the summit, people take photos, plant prayer flags, celebrate — and then start back down. Most guided climbers remain attached to ropes in case they trip. Here, the air contains only a third of the oxygen of sea-level air. Traffic jam at Hillary Step Traffic jam at Hillary Step After crossing some rocky edges, climbers arrive at Hillary Step, a narrow, 40-foot tower of ice and rock on an exposed part of the Southeast Ridge. What about wind? Fast fact What about wind? Winter wind at the summit is routinely 75 mph and has been measured as high as 175 mph, stronger than a Category 5 hurricane. A cold climb in the dark A cold climb in the dark The wee-hours climb is cold and steep at first, and nearly everyone uses supplemental oxygen, including guides. Who was first? Who was first? Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa are credited with being the first people to stand atop Everest, because they have photographic evidence.

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