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12 Weird Things You Definitely Didn’t Know About The First Mount Everest Expeditions


4. Blind Faith

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I bet you’ve never even thought of a blind person climbing a mountain. I mean, how would that even be possible, right?

Just ask Erik Weiheayer. He is the amazing athlete who did just that. He also works as a motivational speaker and loves adventure. Not just regular adventure, big adventures. He loves to push the envelope. He made the cover of Time magazine when he became the first blind person to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Not only Everest, but in 2002, he reached the tops of each of the seven summits. What an amazing feat for anyone!

He gives credit to his team for helping him complete each climb.

5. Twins climb together

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It’s not surprising to hear of twins doing everything together, and this story is no different. Sisters Tashi and Nungshi Malik not only became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest, but they reached all seven of the summits on each continent.


Not only that, they are also the first set of twins to do the Grand Slam, and the three pole challenge. By doing the seven summits and going to both poles, they fulfilled all the requirements.

What an amazingly big feat to have accomplished together.

6. Babu Sherpa

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Babu Chiri Sherpa, another certified Sherpa mountaineer, is on the list. He holds the record for the longest time at the tip top of Mount Everest. He spent 21 hours there, without the use of oxygen! Wow!

He climbed the mountain many times. He actually met his demise on his eleventh trip up, in 2001.

Chiri had dreamed of putting up a school in his region, because there wasn’t one. He had to teach himself to read as a result. He wanted to help make sure other children get an education. Such a shame that he didn’t get to see that dream realized.


Written by Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson is a former Army brat who resides in southern Alabama. She is married to her wonderful husband, Brian, and has four children; Justin, Nicolas, Molly, and Lucas. She loves reading, writing, cooking, and going to concerts. She also loves spending time at the beach and hopes to retire there someday.

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