The following are some facts about Mount Everest. When a moutain attracts climbers, its facts mingle with those mountaineers forever.
-- The first ascent by an American was on May 1, 1963 by James Whittaker via the South Col Route.
-- The first ascent by a woman was on May 16, 1975 by Junko Tabei via the South Col Route. Here is what she said:
-- The first ascent by an American woman was on September 29, 1988 by Stacey Allison via the South-East Ridge. Here is what she said after her successful ascent:
"The end of the ridge and the end of the world... then nothing but that clear, empty air. There was nowhere else to climb. I was standing on the top of the world."
-- The first oxygenless ascent was by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler via the South-East Ridge on May 8, 1978. Here was what Peter Habeler said:
"We just lay on our bellies in the snow, gasping and immobile."
-- The first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest from both north and south sides is Cathy O'Dowd. The two ascent dates are:
-- The fastest ascent from the south side was by then-34-year-old Babu Chhiri Sherpa with 16 hours and 56 minutes on May 21, 2000.
-- The fastest ascent from the north side was by Hans Kammerlander on May 24, 1996, via the standard North Col Ridge Route. He spent 16 hours 45 minutes.
-- The youngest person who reached the Everest top was then-15-year-old Temba Tsheri. He reached it on May 22, 2001.
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