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Scaling Mt.Everest

Pushing one's limit !


On May 19, 2012, a 73-year old Japanese woman , Tamae Watanabe , reached the peak for the second time. She did scaled the peak when she was 63 year's old. So why do human's take on this treacheorous adventure? Is it because it is there? Such a feat has to be achieved against various odds - extreme weather, lack of oxygen, exhaustion, frost bite, frozen caverns, dangerous ice falls such as Khumbu ice fall. Don't discount the fact that it costs a lot of money to plan such an expedition. As Edmund Hillary rightly said "Strong motivation is the most important factor in getting you to the top". Every year approximately 4000 people attempt to scale the mountain but only around 1500 has reach the summit so far.

In this brain tickler section, let us explore some interesting aspects of the highest point on earth. Check yourself.

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What does the word "Everest" means?

a. God's mountain
b. Highest in excellence
c. Eponymn - a word based on a person
d. Beyond human's limit

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Do you know Mt. Everest is not the tallest mountain on the earth. One of the following mountain is taller than Mt.Everest. Find which one.

a. K2
b. Kangchenchunga
c. Nangaparbhat
d. Mauna Kea

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While the success rate for scaling Mt.Everest is very low, one Nepali climber could not really understand what the big fuss is about! He scaled the peak multiple times and holds the highest record for reaching Mt.Everest mutiple times. Do you know how many times he scaled the peak?

a. 7
b. 9
c. 11
d. 13

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Many of us can only imagine reaching the summit of Mt.Everest. How do you think the summit will look like?

a. a peak covered with snow
b. a rocky peak
c. a wide slope for two men to go side by side
d. a lump of feathery snow

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Which of the following things you think might be TRUE?

a. a couple married at the top of the mountain
b. a mountaineer stayed at the summit for 21 and half hours
c. one mountaineer descended the summit in a record 11 minutes
d. Both India and Nepal claimed Tenzing to be its citizen once he conquered the summit