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The world’s most dangerous mountains. These high altitudes are not easy to reach, not even for experienced mountaineers. These climbers tried to reach the peaks of the world largest mountains, such as the Mount Everest & Annapurna.
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7 Half Dome
Each year around 50,000 hikers visit the Half Dome at Yosemite National Park. The final ascend to the bald granite’s 8,844-foot summit is strenuous and features several hundred feet of nearly vertical climb. Hikers are assisted by steel cables bolted into the rocks. Even before climbing the bald giant, there are plenty of things awaiting those who choose the Mist Trail as the first leg of their hike.
Zsolt Eross, Hungary’s most successful high altitude climber was a mountaineer who summited 10 of the world’s 14 peaks that measure over 26,000 feet. Still, Eross continued to summit the world’s tallest peaks with a prosthetic leg. He was no stranger to the challenges that a mountain could pose and relied on his extensive experience to overcome them. However, in May 2013, Eross, his 26-year-old climbing partner Peter Kiss and three other climbers tried reaching the top of Kangchenjunga. Kanchenjunga is the world’s third tallest mountain. Situated along the border that separates Nepal and India, the mountain is known for its highly unpredictable weather patterns, extremely cold temperatures and frequent avalanches.
5 Nanga Parbat
In climbing circles, Nanga Parbat is known as ‘Man Eater’. It’s one of the planet’s most technically difficult mountains and home to the Rupal Face. Measuring around 15,000 feet, the Rupal Face is the largest and most intimidating rock wall on Earth. Historically, Nanga Parbat has lived up to its reputation. The expedition was led by mountaineer, Will Merkl and it was funded by Germany.
4 Mount Everest
For many people who are passionate about climbing, Mount Everest represents the supreme objective. It’s the highest mountain in the world and the crown jewel of the Himalayas, with a summit that measures a little over 29,000 feet. That’s close to the cruising altitude of a commercial airplane. Needless to say, climbing the world’s montane superlative comes with a few risks.
K2 was named by British surveyor T.G. Montgomerie, as it was the second peak to be recorded in Karakoram mountain range. However, those that are brave enough to take on the mountain eventually come to know it by a different name. K2 has since been nicknamed the ‘Savage Mountain’ in honor of Bell. Even though it’s second to Everest when it comes to height, peaking at 28,251 feet, K2 has been described as a ‘mountaineer’s mountain’ due to the extreme difficulty of ascent. Whereas hundreds of climbers may reach the top of Mount Everest annually, K2 has often gone several years without anyone reaching its summit. In fact, because of its great height, precipitous overhangs and almost unbroken slopes of rock and ice, K2 was long considered unclimbable.
At first glance some may consider Annapurna to be more approachable than the other mountains that peak over 26,000 feet. It was, after all, the first of them to be summited, in 1950 by Frenchmen Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal. Also, when it comes to sheer height, it’s only the 10th tallest mountain in the world.
1 Mount Washington
Around 150 climbers climbed New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, since 1849. With a height of 6,288 feet at its peak, Mount Washington is situated at the intersection of three major storm tracks. What this means is that whenever bad weather comes from the northeast it can collide with storms already in effect on the mountain. This leads to unpredictable weather and temperatures that may be lower than those in Antarctica, especially when taking wind chill into account. The mountain’s west channels feature a funnel-like topography which compresses the air current as it approaches the summit. This leads to notoriously strong winds that can basically mow down climbers or swipe them off the mountain. Mount Washington boasts the highest wind speed ever recorded by a surface level weather station, at 231 miles per hour.