Mt. Everest

Mt. Everest: A Very Big Rock!

Mt. Everest, which is 29,029 feet above sea level, is the tallest mountain in the world. It’s located in Asia, on the boundary between two countries: Nepal and China.

As far as anybody knows, the mountain had never been climbed until May 29, 1953 when two men made it to the top. They were Edmund Hillary (from New Zealand) and Tenzing Norgay (from Nepal).

Most of the time, Mt. Everest is so cold and windy that very few people dare to climb it. For example, in January, winds at the top of the mountain can reach 170 miles per hour. That’s stronger than a Category 5 hurricane. And the average temperature in January is about 30 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit) on top of the mountain.

So most climbers try to reach the summit of Mt. Everest during two 10-day periods of favorable weather, one of which is in the Spring and the other in the Fall. That means that there are only about 20 days a year when climbers from all over the world can try to reach the top. No wonder Mt. Everest is getting crowded!

Bright Ideas

Quotes About Climbing Higher

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
Nelson Mandela, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

“Lasting accomplishment is still achieved through a long slow climb, and through self-discipline.”
Helen Hayes, Actress

“I think I climb mountains mainly because I get a great deal of enjoyment out of it.”
Edmund Hillary, Mountain Climber

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.
Beverly Sills, Opera Singer

“It isn’t the mountains ahead of you that wear you out. It’s the pebble in your shoe.”
Muhammad Ali, Boxing Champion

Nifty Fifty

Fun Facts About Alaska, Which Is the State with the Tallest Mountain in North America

It’s a Fact: The tallest mountain in North America is located in Alaska. The mountain is called Denali. It’s about 20,310 feet tall.

It’s a Fact: Alaska is the biggest state. In fact, it’s over twice the size of Texas, which is the second-biggest state.

It’s a Fact: Alaska was officially proclaimed a state on January 3, 1959.

It’s a Fact: The capital of Alaska is Juneau. The largest city in Alaska is Anchorage.

It’s a Fact: The abbreviation for Alaska is AK.

More Fun Facts

Fun Fact: Throughout history, the highest mountain in North America has had several names. In 1917 the United States oficially renamed it Mt. McKinley. The name was oficially changed to Denali in 2015. 

Fun Fact: A mountain called K2 is the second tallest mountain in the world. Only Everest is taller. But K2 is actually harder to climb.

Fun Fact: The air is so thin at the top of tall mountains like Everest and K2 that almost all climbers carry extra bottles of compressed oxygen with them.

Fun Fact: So many people want to climb Mt. Everest that the governments of China and Nepal issue a limited number of permits. If you don’t have a permit, you aren’t allowed to climb the mountain.

Fun Fact: The highest mountain in Africa is Mt. Kilimanjaro. It’s over 19,000 feet tall. That’s tall, but not nearly as tall as Mt. Everest.

Questions and Answers
Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.
Is Mt. Everest in Asia, Africa, or North America?
Approximately how tall is Mt. Everest: 19,000 feet, 29,000 feet, or 39,000 feet?
Mt. Everest is about 29,000 feet tall. To be precise, the current best measurement is 29,029 feet. But since the mountain is growing at about 1/4 inch per year, the exact height keeps changing.
Is the tallest mountain in North America called Mt. Alaska, Mt. McKinley, or Denali?
It’s called Denali, the name that most Alaskans have always used. But for official purposes, the United States government called it Mt. McKinley (named after President McKinley) until 2015, when it was officially changed to Denali.
Is the capital of Alaska Anchorage, Fairbanks, of Juneau?
The capital of Alaska is Juneau. But, the largest city in Alaska (by far) is Anchorage.
Write Your Own Story

If you have time, you can write a story of your own.

Here are a couple of story ideas you can choose from.

You can write a story about some of the interesting things you learned about Mt. Everest.


You can write a story about how you would feel if you climbed a tall mountain like Mt. Everest.

To help you write a great story, we have some helpful hints and timely tips.

Today's Ryder Riddle
Here's a riddle for you.
How does a mountain breathe?

Through its vol-ca-nose!

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