Climbing Mount Everest: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

How incredible would it be to climb Mount Everest? It is certainly not for the weak! Come and learn about what it would be like, some people who have done it before and some tips in case you choose to make the climb.

Climbing Mount Everest

Can you imagine standing at the bottom of a tall mountain? What a sight that would be! Now, can you imagine standing at the bottom, looking to the top, knowing that you were going to climb it? Imagine the flood of emotions you would experience - excitement, fear, joy, nervousness. Well this is what many people feel right before they climb the mighty Mount Everest.

Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world, coming in at a whopping 29,035 feet high above sea level. It is in the Himalayan mountain range, which is between the countries of Tibet and Nepal in southern Asia.

Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth.

Mount Everest Dangers

You would think that the sheer size of Mount Everest would be enough to make climbing it a huge challenge, but there are several other risks that climbers can experience along the way. For one thing, Mount Everest has been known to have avalanches, which are when large amounts of snow and ice tumble down the mountainside. This is more than just a few snowballs - avalanches can kill you.

Another risk that climbers can encounter are the crevasses, which are large cracks in the ice. Crevasses are deep enough for climbers to fall in and never escape. Finally, climbers worry about the death zone. This is at the top of the mountain, where the altitude is so high that climbers have a hard time getting enough oxygen to breathe.

People Who've Climbed Everest

With all these dangers, who in the world would want to climb Mount Everest? Well, a lot of people actually! Thousands of people have tried to climb Mount Everest, and only about 650 people have succeeded. Unfortunately, around 200 people have died while trying to make the climb.

The first people to ever climb Mount Everest and successfully reach the top are Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing, and they did so in 1953. Since then, around 4,000 people have attempted the climb. A man named Apa Sherpa is famous for having the most Everest climbs - he made it up the mountain more than 20 times, earning him the nickname 'Super Sherpa.' But this climb isn't just for grownups, as the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest was 13-year-old Jordan Romero.

There are many dangers to Mount Everest climbers, like avalanches and crevasses.

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