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Irish & Everest

Collating Everest stats for Irish climbers is tricky because Irish spans climbers born in Ireland or Northern Ireland, or residents of Ireland or Northern Ireland at the time of their climb, or declaring their citizenship as Irish when registering to climb Everest. Picking those groups out of a citizenship-based data set is something of a pain, but to tell the full story of Ireland & Everest you really need to dive down that rabbit hole. Hence for the purpose of this analysis I list successful Irish attempts to include all of the groups mentioned above. This is not a political statement, merely a method of identifying those who I believe should be included in this assessment. Thank you to the great folks who maintain and manage the Himalayan Database for enabling access to the raw data used for this assessment. The work of the late Elizabeth Hawley & her team is somewhat priceless.

By June 2018, Everest had been successfully climbed 61 times by 51 different climbers from Ireland and Northern Ireland. In total, there has been 121 attempts to climb the mountain by 87 Irish climbers. The headline stats are as follows…

  • Everest has been climbed 61 times by 51 Irish climbers (8 women, 43 men) since the first Irish success in 1993.
  • Irish success rate on Everest is 50% (61/121), while Irish fatality rate on Everest is 0.017% (2/120).
  • The first Irish climber to reach the summit of Everest was Dawson Stelfox from Antrim in 1993.
  • The most summits of any Irish climber is Noel Hanna (8) – Noel guides for ‘Seven Summits Club’ team.
  • Pat Falvey, Lynne Hanna & Rob Smith all summited Everest twice – once from each side.
  • Linda Blakely from Lurgan bagged two 8000m peaks (Everest & Lhotse) within 24 hours in 2018.
  • Linda became the first UK woman to summit both Everest and Lhotse in the same season.
  • The youngest Irish born person to reach the summit was Rob Mortell from Limerick (aged 26) in 2016.
  • The oldest Irish born person to reach the summit of Everest was Martin Byrne from Offaly (aged 58) in 2012.
  • The average age of successful Irish climbers on Everest is 40-41 years.
  • The earliest summit date by an Irish climber is 7th May 2010 by Domhnall O’Dochertaigh.
  • The latest summit date by an Irish climber is 5th June 2005 by Grania Willis.
  • The earliest summit time by an Irish climber is 01:10am on 21st May 2011 by Noel Hanna.
  • The latest summit time by an Irish climber is 11:36am on 22nd May 2007 by Bill Hanlon.
  • Two Irish born climbers died while climbing Everest – Sean Egan in 2005 & John Delaney in 2011.
  • Noel & Lynne Hanna hold the world record for the 1st married couple to summit together from both sides (2009 & 2016).
  • Charles Howard-Bury from Westmeath lead the 1st Reconnaissance Expedition to Everest in 1921 which included George Mallory.
  • Edmund Hillary’s grandmother came from the village of Clondra in Longford. His other grandparents were from Yorkshire in England.
  • R.W.G. Hingston from Passage West in Cork was medical officer & naturalist to the 1924 Everest expedition.
  • The worst disasters on Everest took place in 2014 (Avalanche) and 2015 (Earthquake/Avalanche).
  • The island of Ireland has 17th most summits of any country globally, tied with Austria and ahead of Norway, Poland & Mexico.

An Everest expedition typically lasts 60 days, with the first 20 days spent climbing 6000m peaks to adapt to the altitude, and slowly moving towards Base Camp. The next 20 days are spent making progressive advances up the mountain and back to base camp to adapt to the higher altitudes. Summit windows typically appear from 2nd week of May onward. The window requires the jet stream to move away from the summit of the mountain and might be 48 hours or a few days long. Normally the summit window closes by the start of the final week of May.

The cost of an Everest expedition can range from €25k on the budget end to €80k on the higher end. The average cost of joining a well equipped, experienced and well supported team is approximately €35-45k. Those paying under €30k should do their homework carefully to ensure they are sufficiently experienced and that the support provided is sufficient.

The first Irish team to successfully climb Everest in 1993 took the North Ridge (1960 Chinese route), and included: Dawson Stelfox (Leader); Frank Nugent (Deputy Leader); Dermot Somers; Robbie Fenlon; Mike Barry; Richard O’Neill-Dean; Mick Murphy and Tony Burke. The full list of all successful Irish summits is shown below.

Irish Successes on Everest

#Climber NameAgeBorn / FromPermit AddressRoute TakenSummit DateSummit TimeYear
1Dawson Stelfox35AntrimAntrimNorth (Tibet)27/05/199310:071993
2Pat Falvey37CorkCorkNorth (Tibet)27/05/199509:001995
3Mick Murphy44CorkCorkSouth (Nepal)22/05/200310:002003
4Gerard McDonnell32LimerickUSASouth (Nepal)22/05/200311:102003
5Terence Bannon35DownDownNorth (Tibet)31/05/200308:002003
6Pat Falvey46CorkKerrySouth (Nepal)18/05/200406:452004
7Clare O'Leary33CorkCorkSouth (Nepal)18/05/200406:452004
8Samantha O'Carroll27CorkCorkSouth (Nepal)27/05/200410:202004
9Humphrey Murphy41DublinDonegalNorth (Tibet)30/05/200507:102005
10Grania Willis49DublinDublinNorth (Tibet)05/06/200506:002005
11Fergal Corrigan31FermanaghTyroneNorth (Tibet)17/05/200606:402006
12Neill Elliot33FermanaghFermanaghNorth (Tibet)17/05/200606:402006
13Raymond Hassard33FermanaghFermanaghNorth (Tibet)17/05/200606:402006
14Noel Hanna39DownDownNorth (Tibet)21/05/200607:352006
15Ian McKeever37WicklowWicklowNorth (Tibet)16/05/200708:002007
16Tom Lehane49CorkEnglandSouth (Nepal)17/05/200707:302007
17Hannah Shields42DerryDerryNorth (Tibet)19/05/200707:002007
18Bill Hanlon52WexfordCanadaSouth (Nepal)22/05/200711:362007
19Nigel Hart41AntrimAntrimSouth (Nepal)23/05/200706:292007
20Roger McMorrow 31AntrimDublinSouth (Nepal)24/05/200707:552007
21Michael O'Dwyer32DublinDublinSouth (Nepal)24/05/200707:552007
22John Dowd53KerryKerrySouth (Nepal)21/05/200807:452008
23Anselm Murphy 24London-IrishEnglandSouth (Nepal)21/05/200810:302008
24Ian Taylor29KildareKildareSouth (Nepal)23/05/200806:102008
25Noel Hanna42DownDownSouth (Nepal)21/05/200904:002009
26Lynne Hanna47DownDownSouth (Nepal)21/05/200904:002009
27Christopher Jones45UnknownGalwaySouth (Nepal)21/05/200907:402009
28Domhnall O'Dochartaigh35UnknownCanadaSouth (Nepal)07/05/201006:002010
29James Haydock48LancashireDublinSouth (Nepal)22/05/201006:002010
30Noel Hanna43DownDownSouth (Nepal)23/05/201003:152010
31Vivian Rigney39DublinUSASouth (Nepal)23/05/201009:002010
32Fergus White 37DublinCorkSouth (Nepal)23/05/201006:452010
33Geoffrey Chambers 46ArmaghArmaghSouth (Nepal)16/05/201106:152011
34Basil Geoghegan43DublinDublinSouth (Nepal)19/05/201107:252011
35Gavin Bate 44KentDownSouth (Nepal)20/05/201110:002011
36Noel Hanna 44DownDownNorth (Tibet)21/05/201101:102011
37Mark Quinn27LimerickLimerickNorth (Tibet)21/05/201105:452011
38Martin Byrne58OffalyTipperaryNorth (Tibet)26/05/201111:302011
39Noel Hanna45DownDownNorth (Tibet)20/05/201208:002012
40Cian O'Brolchain32DublinDublinSouth (Nepal)25/05/201206:002012
41Albert Connaughton49DublinDublinSouth (Nepal)25/05/201207:002012
42Peter O'Connell29GalwayGalwaySouth (Nepal)13/05/201306:302013
43Jason Black42DonegalDonegalNorth (Tibet)19/05/201307:002013
44Noel Hanna 46DownDownNorth (Tibet)20/05/201305:302013
45Brian Meskell33LimerickLimerickNorth (Tibet)22/05/201306:002013
46Kieran Lally54MayoDublinSouth (Nepal)23/05/201305:302013
47Noel Hanna47DownDownNorth (Tibet)24/05/201406:302014
48Derek Mahon52DublinDublinNorth (Tibet)24/05/201406:302014
49Rob Smith43TyroneScotlandNorth (Tibet)25/05/201408:002014
50Mary Scannell41KerryEnglandSouth (Nepal)13/05/201609:452016
51Noel Hanna49DownDownNorth (Tibet)21/05/201606:452016
52Lynne Hanna54DownDownNorth (Tibet)21/05/201606:452016
53Robert Mortell26LimerickLimerickNorth (Tibet)23/05/201608:452016
54John Burke38ClareClareSouth (Nepal)16/05/201709:302017
55Terry Kelleher56DublinDublinSouth (Nepal)22/05/201707:302017
56Rob Smith 46TyroneScotlandSouth (Nepal)22/05/201704:402017
57Rory McHugh40DublinEnglandSouth (Nepal)26/05/201711:002017
58Louise McEvoyDublinUSASouth (Nepal)16/05/2018TBC2018
59Linda Blakely44ArmaghLondonSouth (Nepal)17/05/2018TBC2018
60Adrian McNally41MeathMeathSouth (Nepal)19/05/2018TBC2018
61Kevin Hynes55GalwayGalwaySouth (Nepal)21/05/2018TBC2018

Irish Successes on Everest - By County

Above list & map captures the 61 successful ascents of Everest by Irish climbers (combination of climbers from Ireland, Northern Ireland or overseas Irish Citizens or overseas climbers resident in Ireland at time of climb) from 1993 to 2018. This list has been researched using data from the Himalayan Database along with independent research to produce the first fully complete record of the Irish on Everest. The map above is restricted to just those from Irish counties. Please contact Paul with any corrections/updates and please cite this website when using stats or info sourced here.

Irish Attempts on Everest

#NameAgeBorn / FromPermit AddressReachedSummitYear
1Dawson Stelfox35AntrimAntrim8848Yes1993
2Frank Nugent44DublinDublin8680No1993
3Robbie Fenlon28DonegalDonegal8500No1993
4Tony Burke29IrelandWales8500No1993
5Richard O'Neill-Dean39IrelandNew Zealand8000No1993
6Mike Barry39KerryKerry7700No1993
7Mick Murphy33CorkCork7700No1993
8Dermot Somers45WicklowWicklow7700No1993
9Pat Falvey36CorkCork7800No1993
10Pat Falvey37CorkCork8848Yes1995
11Sean Smith33IrelandEnglandNo DataNo1995
12Greg Conley49IrelandScotland6400No1997
13Josephine Kieran44LouthLouth8750No1998
14Carl Flynn44DublinDublin7900No1999
15Marcella Dunne42DublinDublinNo DataNo1999
16Gavin Bate33EnglandDown8300No2000
17Mick Long40KerryKerryNo DataNo2001
18William Canning35TyroneTyrone8600No2002
19John Neville26IrelandCork7500No2002
20Patricia McGuirk42KerryKerry7000No2002
21Mick Murphy44CorkCork8848Yes2003
22Gerard McDonnell32LimerickUSA8848Yes2003
23Terence Bannon35DownDown8848Yes2003
24Pat Falvey45KerryKerry8800No2003
25Richard Dougan26ArmaghArmagh8650No2003
26Hannah Shields38DerryDerry8400No2003
27Patricia McGuirk43KerryKerry7400No2003
28Clare O'Leary31CorkCork7300No2003
29George Shorten41CorkCork7300No2003
30Stephen Synnott46DownDown6400No2003
31Martin Duggan50ArmaghArmagh5200No2003
32Pat Falvey46CorkKerry8848Yes2004
33Clare O'Leary33CorkCork8848Yes2004
34Samantha O'Carroll27CorkCork8848Yes2004
35Mick Long43KerryKerry7600No2004
36John Joyce43GalwayGalway6100No2004
37Mark Carr52DownDownNo DataNo2004
38Bridget Rossiter-O'Flynn43WexfordWexfordNo DataNo2004
39Humphrey Murphy41DublinDonegal8848Yes2005
40Grania Willis49DublinDublin8848Yes2005
41Gavin Bate38EnglandDown8760No2005
42Noel Hanna38DownDown7050No2005
43Lynne Stark43DownDown7050No2005
44Sean Egan (D)63ClareCanada6000No2005
45Fergal Corrigan31FermanaghTyrone8848Yes2006
46Neill Elliot33FermanaghFermanagh8848Yes2006
47Raymond Hassard33FermanaghFermanagh8848Yes2006
48Noel Hanna39DownDown8848Yes2006
49Patricia McGuirk46KerryKerry8650No2006
50George Shorten45CorkCork7400No2006
51Geoffrey Weir46DownDown7300No2006
52Ian McKeever37WicklowWicklow8848Yes2007
53Tom Lehane49CorkEngland8848Yes2007
54Hannah Shields42DerryDerry8848Yes2007
55Bill Hanlon52WexfordCanada8848Yes2007
56Nigel Hart41AntrimAntrim8848Yes2007
57Roger McMorrow31AntrimDublin8848Yes2007
58Michael O'Dwyer32DublinDublin8848Yes2007
59Gavin Bate40EnglandDown8600No2007
60Martin Byrne54TipperaryTipperary7400No2007
61Patrick Doyle42IrelandEngland7100No2007
62Geoffrey Weir47DownDown7000No2007
63John Dowd53KerryKerry8848Yes2008
64Anselm Murphy24London-IrishEngland8848Yes2008
65Ian Taylor29KildareKildare8848Yes2008
66Graham Kinch29DublinDublin8500No2008
67Timothy O'Connor31KerryKerry8500No2008
68Peter White62DublinDublin8000No2008
69James O'Leary28CorkCork7300No2008
70Noel Hanna42DownDown8848Yes2009
71Lynne Hanna47DownDown8848Yes2009
72Christopher Jones45IrelandGalway8848Yes2009
73Martin Byrne56TipperaryTipperary8750No2009
74Eddie Greene41LouthLouth8700No2009
75Gavin Bate42EnglandDown8500No2009
76Domhnall O'Dochartaigh35IrelandCanada8848Yes2010
77James Haydock48EnglandDublin8848Yes2010
78Noel Hanna43DownDown8848Yes2010
79Vivian Rigney39DublinUSA8848Yes2010
80Fergus White37DublinCork8848Yes2010
81Martin Byrne57TipperaryTipperary8300No2010
82Geoffrey Chambers46ArmaghArmagh8848Yes2011
83Basil Geoghegan43DublinDublin8848Yes2011
84Gavin Bate44EnglandDown8848Yes2011
85Noel Hanna44DownDown8848Yes2011
86Mark Quinn27LimerickLimerick8848Yes2011
87Martin Byrne58OffalyTipperary8848Yes2011
88John Delaney (D)41KildareKildare8800No2011
89Noel Hanna45DownDown8848Yes2012
90Cian O'Brolchain32DublinDublin8848Yes2012
91Albert Connaughton49DublinDublin8848Yes2012
92Peter O'Connell29GalwayGalway8848Yes2013
93Jason Black42DonegalDonegal8848Yes2013
94Noel Hanna46DownDown8848Yes2013
95Brian Meskell33LimerickLimerick8848Yes2013
96Kieran Lally54MayoDublin8848Yes2013
97Noel Hanna47DownDown8848Yes2014
98Derek Mahon52DublinDublin8848Yes2014
99Rob Smith43TyroneScotland8848Yes2014
100Patrick Butler59AntrimAntrim7000No2014
101Paul Devaney36LongfordLongford5380No2014
102Niall O'Byrnes36KildareKildare5380No2014
103Paul Greenan38DublinDublin6100No2015
104Rob Smith44TyroneScotland6100No2015
105Noel Hanna48DownDown5800No2015
106Paul Devaney37LongfordLongford5700No2015
107Mary Scannell41KerryEngland8848Yes2016
108Noel Hanna49DownDown8848Yes2016
109Lynne Hanna54DownDown8848Yes2016
110Robert Mortell26LimerickLimerick8848Yes2016
111John Burke38ClareClare8848Yes2017
112Terry Kelleher56DublinDublin8848Yes2017
113Rob Smith46TyroneScotland8848Yes2017
114Rory McHugh40DublinEngland8848Yes2017
115Justin Condon43DublinUSA7200No2017
116Paul Greenan41DublinDublin6500No2018
117Denis O'BrienTBCCorkCork6500No2018
118Louise McEvoyTBCDublinUSA8848Yes2018
119Linda Blakely44ArmaghEngland8848Yes2018
120Adrian McNally41MeathMeath8848Yes2018
121Kevin Hynes55GalwayGalway8848Yes2018

D = Denotes climber died during attempt

Irish Successes (1993-2017) - Climber / Home / Year / Route

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(Blue = South via Nepal, Grey = North via Tibet)

Irish Successes on Everest (1993-2017) - County Breakdown

It is probably no surprise that Dublin is top of the list, since 1.4m of the entire population of the island (6.5m) resides in County Dublin. However it may be a surprise that Down is right on its tail. This is primarily due to to the climbing prowess of the Hanna household, with Johannesburg based Noel and Lynne jointly smashing records and pushing Down up the list. Cork, Limerick and Antrim make up the remainder of the top 5. In total, 19 counties across the island of Ireland can claim 1 or more summits of Everest.

82221111111111111111111111111111111111111111111Antrim 3AntrimArmagh 1ArmaghClare 1ClareCork 6CorkDerry 1DerryDonegal 1DonegalDown 11DownDublin 11DublinFermanagh 3FermanaghGalway 1GalwayKent/Antrim 1Kent/AntrimKerry 2KerryKildare 1KildareLimerick 4LimerickLondon-Irish 1London-IrishMayo 1MayoOffaly 1OffalyTyrone 2TyroneUK/Dublin 1UK/DublinUnknown 2UnknownWexford 1WexfordWicklow 1WicklowAlbert Connaughton 1Albert ConnaughtonAnselm Murphy 1Anselm MurphyBasil Geoghegan 1Basil GeogheganBill Hanlon 1Bill HanlonBrian Meskell 1Brian MeskellChristopher Jones 1Christopher JonesCian O'Brolchain 1Cian O'BrolchainClare O'Leary 1Clare O'LearyDawson Stelfox 1Dawson StelfoxDerek Mahon 1Derek MahonDomhnall O'Dochartaigh 1Domhnall O'DochartaighFergal Corrigan 1Fergal CorriganFergus White 1Fergus WhiteGavin Bate 1Gavin BateGeoffrey Chambers 1Geoffrey ChambersGerard McDonnell 1Gerard McDonnellGrania Willis 1Grania WillisHannah Shields 1Hannah ShieldsHumphrey Murphy 1Humphrey MurphyIan McKeever 1Ian McKeeverIan Taylor 1Ian TaylorJames Haydock 1James HaydockJason Black 1Jason BlackJohn Burke 1John BurkeJohn Dowd 1John DowdKieran Lally 1Kieran LallyLynne Hanna 2Lynne HannaMark Quinn 1Mark QuinnMartin Byrne 1Martin ByrneMary Scannell 1Mary ScannellMichael O'Dwyer 1Michael O'DwyerMick Murphy 1Mick MurphyNeill Elliot 1Neill ElliotNigel Hart 1Nigel HartNoel Hanna 8Noel HannaPat Falvey 2Pat FalveyPeter O'Connell 1Peter O'ConnellRaymond Hassard 1Raymond HassardRob Smith 2Rob SmithRobert Mortell 1Robert MortellRoger McMorrow 1Roger McMorrowRory McHugh 1Rory McHughSamantha O'Carroll 1Samantha O'CarrollTerence Bannon 1Terence BannonTerry Kelleher 1Terry KelleherTom Lehane 1Tom LehaneVivian Rigney 1Vivian Rigney

Irish Successes on Everest (1993-2017) - Route Selection

The South side (via Nepal) is the most popular route taken by Irish climbers who reached the summit. Since 2011, there has been a distinct shift of some to the North side (via Tibet), which was expected to increase following the introduction of restrictions and the difficulties on the Nepal side in 2014 & 2015. However this did not materialise in 2017, and all Irish attempts in 2018 were from the South (Nepal) side.

621111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111Albert Connaughton 1Albert ConnaughtonAnselm Murphy 1Anselm MurphyBasil Geoghegan 1Basil GeogheganBill Hanlon 1Bill HanlonBrian Meskell 1Brian MeskellChristopher Jones 1Christopher JonesCian O'Brolchain 1Cian O'BrolchainClare O'Leary 1Clare O'LearyDawson Stelfox 1Dawson StelfoxDerek Mahon 1Derek MahonDomhnall O'Dochartaigh 1Domhnall O'DochartaighFergal Corrigan 1Fergal CorriganFergus White 1Fergus WhiteGavin Bate 1Gavin BateGeoffrey Chambers 1Geoffrey ChambersGerard McDonnell 1Gerard McDonnellGrania Willis 1Grania WillisHannah Shields 1Hannah ShieldsHumphrey Murphy 1Humphrey MurphyIan McKeever 1Ian McKeeverIan Taylor 1Ian TaylorJames Haydock 1James HaydockJason Black 1Jason BlackJohn Burke 1John BurkeJohn Dowd 1John DowdKieran Lally 1Kieran LallyLynne Hanna 2Lynne HannaMark Quinn 1Mark QuinnMartin Byrne 1Martin ByrneMary Scannell 1Mary ScannellMichael O'Dwyer 1Michael O'DwyerMick Murphy 1Mick MurphyNeill Elliot 1Neill ElliotNigel Hart 1Nigel HartNoel Hanna 8Noel HannaPat Falvey 2Pat FalveyPeter O'Connell 1Peter O'ConnellRaymond Hassard 1Raymond HassardRob Smith 2Rob SmithRobert Mortell 1Robert MortellRoger McMorrow 1Roger McMorrowRory McHugh 1Rory McHughSamantha O'Carroll 1Samantha O'CarrollTerence Bannon 1Terence BannonTerry Kelleher 1Terry KelleherTom Lehane 1Tom LehaneVivian Rigney 1Vivian RigneyNorth 24NorthSouth 33South
5544333333332222211111North 24NorthSouth 33South1993 119931995 119952003 320032004 320042005 220052006 420062007 720072008 320082009 320092010 520102011 620112012 320122013 520132014 320142016 420162017 42017

Irish Successes on Everest (1993-2017) - Prior 8000m Climbs?

It is often said that the best preparation for a successful Everest expedition, is to climb one of the other fourteen 8000m peaks to gain extreme altitude experience. While some climbers attempt or climb one or more of these peaks ahead of Everest, the statistics show that 64% of all successful Irish climbers had never climbed or attempted an 8000m peak prior to their first Everest expedition. In addition, 58% of successful Irish climbers on Everest had never climbed a Himalayan peak > 7000m prior to their first Everest success. Whatever your believes are on prior 8000m experience, the Irish statistics would suggest that it is definitely not a prerequisite to success.

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There are many ways to gain the skill and capability needed for Everest, in the Alps or Alaska or closer to home in Scotland. While experience at extreme altitude is without doubt a benefit which should be taken if possible, many have climbed Everest with just prior 6000-7000m peak experience. Some have great physiology which allows them to endure more successfully at higher altitudes, some have great luck which prevented them from getting into trouble. The magic formula perhaps is a combination of large skill base, discipline, prior long expedition experience, ability to suffer for long periods without complaining and ability to follow orders while reading your environment quickly and effectively. Each successful climber will find their own magic formula.

Irish Attempts on Everest - Up to 2017

Up to end of 2017, there had been 115 Irish attempts on Everest over the years by 83 climbers. While 57 of those 115 attempts proved successful, it is fascinating to see how close many others came to the summit. In particular it is fascinating to see how many climbers had to turn around above 8000m. This must have been a very difficult decision for each to make, and anyone who has been to extreme altitude will acknowledge the incredible strength and effort it takes to get that far. It is also remarkable to note how many people did not make it on the first attempt. Gavin Bate reached the summit on his 5th attempt. Pat Falvey had two successes, but also turned around on two attempts, once with just 50 meters from the summit. Martin Byrne finally made it on his 4th expedition. Others were not so lucky but their persistence is incredibly noteworthy, including Patricia McGuirk who made three attempts, getting to 8650m on the third time, but not reaching the summit. It is also interesting to see how high each of the 1993 team managed to reach on that first expedition. Dawson rightly gets the plaudits for reaching the summit, but many of his teammates almost made it too. Interestingly only one of that team went back to try again – Mick Murphy would succeed on the second attempt 10 years later in 2003.

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(Red colour denotes climbers who died during the attempt)

Total Everest Summits

Everest had been successfully climbed over 8300 times by more than 4830 people since the first successful ascent in 1953. The summit of Everest straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet at an altitude of 29,035ft or 8848m. The mountain was initially named Peak XV before being renamed in 1856 after George Everest, a retired British Surveyor General who never actually saw the peak. The graphic below shows the increase in summit numbers over the years, with notable reduction in 2014 following the avalanche in the Ice Fall and effective shutdown of Nepal side, along with absence of 2015 stats due to the Nepal Earthquake & avalanche at Base Camp which occurred midway through the climbing season and led to the full shutdown of the mountain for the first time in its climbing history.

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Everest Fatalities by Altitude / Year

Over the years there has been in the region of 290 fatalities on Everest for a range of reasons and across a wide range of altitudes. The info-graphic below shows the correlation of fatalities per year with the altitudes at which they were reported to have happened. The two obvious spikes are 2014 and 2015 where large scale fatalities occurred in the icefall just above base camp in 2014 and at base camp during the earthquake of 2015. The next largest year of fatalities was the infamous 1996 ‘Into Thin Air’ disaster which is well documented in book and film. 92 of the fatalities recorded in the Himalayan Database occurred after the climbers had reached the summit.

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Everest Summits by Country

The info-graphic below shows the extent of summits by each country (recorded by citizenship) from 1953 to 2017. Nepal leads the way (which is no surprise since the vast majority of guides and high altitude workers are Nepalese Sherpa), while USA, China, UK and India make up the rest of the top 5 countries with climbers who have reached the top of Everest over the years. Ireland punches well above its weight, and even though it appears in 21st position in the overall picture below, if you look at it from an ‘Island’ perspective, Ireland is actually in joint 17th position with Austria. Not bad for a small island of 6.5m people.

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