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Mt Everest (29,029 ft ASL) Ranked First

Mt Everest (29,029 ft ASL) Ranked First
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-14
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Olympus Sp 510uz
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-05 6:05
Viewed: 7466
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was sitting on the starboard window seat to get the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges once I took off from Bagdogra, West Bengal. The weather was quite appalling with thunderstorm intermittently being encountered by us in the midair at an altitude of 30,000 feet in a civil jetliner. I was told that Mt Everest, the tallest & mightiest of all is some where around, but was too disappointed because of visibility deteriorating suddenly due to thick layers of clouds at every level. To my fortune, all of sudden I got the glimpse of massif of Mount Everest through a small window in the thick clouds very close to sunset. Sorry for quality of picture, but this all I could shoot then.......... :) Can you see the jetstream throwing snow blizzard from its peak!!!

Age of Everest: Everest was formed about 60 million years ago

Elevation: 29,035 (8850m)-found to be 6' higher in 1999
Name in Nepal: Sagarmatha (means: goddess of the sky)
In Tibet: Chomolungma: (means: mother goddess of the universe)

Named after: Sir George Everest in 1865 ,the British surveyor-general of India. Once known as Peak 15

Location: Latitude 27 59' N.....Longitude 86 56' E It's summit ridge seperates Nepal and Tibet

First Ascent: May 29,1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary, NZ and Tenzing Norgay, NP, via the South Col Route

First Solo Ascent: Aug. 20,1980, Reinhold Messner, IT, via the NE Ridge to North Face

First winter Ascent: Feb. 17,1980 -L.Cichy and K. Wielicki, POL

First Ascent by an American: May 1,1963, James Whittaker, via the South-Col

Mt. Everest rises a few milimeters each year due to geological forces

Everest Name: Sir George Everest was the first person to record the height and location of Mt. Everest, this is where Mt."Everest" got its name from(In american language).

First Ascent by a Woman: May 16,1975, Junko Tabei, JAP, via the South-Col

First Ascent by an American Woman: Sep.29,1988, Stacey Allison, Portland, OR via the South-East Ridge

First Oxygenless Ascent: May 8, 1978- Reinhold Messner, IT, and Peter Habeler, AUT, via the South-East Ridge

First woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest from both north & south sides: Cathy O'Dowd (S.A.) South May 25,1996/North '99

Youngest person: Temba Tsheri (NP) 15 on May,22,2001

Oldest Person: Sherman Bull May,25,2001 -64 yrs

First Legally Blind Person: Erik Weihenmeyer May,25,2001

Highest cause cause of death:
Avalanches-about a (2:1) ratio over falls

Country with most deaths on mountain: Nepal

Most dangerous area on mountain: Khumbu Ice Fall-19 deaths

First ski descent: Davo Karnicar (Slovenia) 10-7-2000

Last year without ascent: 1974

Last year without ascent: 1977

Corpses remaining on Everest: about 120

Longest stay on top: Babu Chiri Sherpa stayed at the summit full 21 hours and a half

Largest team:
In 1975, China tackled Everest with a 410-member team.

The oldest woman to summit Anna Czerwinska May 22, 2000.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-05 6:12]

Hi Ranjan,
forget about the quality, this is amazing capture of the mighty Everest. The visibility may be poor but its sheer height clearly seen in this image of great Himalayan range. tfs.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-05 6:28]

Hi Subash,
Very beautiful image.I liked lighting and visual impact a lot.
Thanks for posting.

First Ascent by an American: May 1,1963, James Whittaker, via the South-Col

Yes...His son bobby is a good friend of mine...I am honoured to be a friend of that family as well as indirectly the Kennedy Clan. Jim Whittaker and such climbed the Mt Kennedy in Alaska after JFK passed...longs stories but I have always lived on that edge of the razor....Wonderful shot...Unique!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-05 10:29]

Hi Subhash,

How amazing to be able to get this shot of Mount Everest. This is very dramatic and I can just imagine the excitement when the clouds cleared and it became visible. Great timing to capture this - it is a very beautiful study in blue.


Hi Subhash, a superb landscape capture of the higest summit of the world with great composition and details.
TFS and cheers,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-05 16:53]

Hi Subhash,beautiful way to show this impressive mountain!!! My best compliments,finally something to different on TN,have a nice day,Luciano

hello Subhash

what a superb chane you have to photograph from the airs
the greatest of all the mountains of the world,
shot with a great POV, wonderful luminosity coming on the summit,



Hi Subhash,

You are man of mountains,this looks almost like mystic picture of mighty Everest,indeed you are fortunate enough to get this,yes we can see the jet stream. Truly amazing picture.TFS

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