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Introduction Standing at 8848m above sea level Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world Humans have tried to conquer Everest since the early 1900s however it was not until the 29th May 1953 that Sir Edmond Hillary John Hunt and Tenzing Norgay officially reached the summit George Mallroy was said to have climbed Mount Everest in 1924 however there is still controversy whether or not he succeeded The first woman ever to climb Everest was Juko Tabei who climbed the mountain in 1975 Microsoft Encarta 1999 Mount Everest is situated on the border of Tibet and Nepal The name Everest is stemmed from the British engineer Sir George Everest who surveyed the Himalayas from 1829 to 1843 Hutchinson Educational Encyclopedia 2000 The route for this expedition to mount Everest is shown in figure 1 On route to the summit after leaving base camp 4 camps will be established From base camp the route of the expedition will take us on the Khumbu glacier past the Khumbu ice fall The first camp will be established at 5000m where we will stay for around 3 weeks Camp 2 will be established at 6500m and camp 3 at 7300m near the cirque of the Khumbu glacier The final camp camp 4 is to be set up at 7900m situated below the south col Microsoft Encarta 1999 Figure 1 - Route to the summit of Mount Everest Microsoft Encarta 1999 Briefing on Expedition Climate Every aspect of the climate on Everest is extreme In winter the average temperature is around -36o however temperature can drop as low as -60o In summer months the average temperature is around -19o As a result of these extremely low temperatures there is constant snow and ice cover on the surface of the mountain Even in the summer months it is not unusual for 3m of snow to fall in only a few hours As
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