Over the years, some amazing people have reached the summit and broken some incredible records. One person was blind. Another had no legs. A third broke a speed record. Still, more were elderly, battling major health conditions, or opting to climb without oxygen. One climber wasn't even old enough to legally drive a car. It's difficult to decide which climber over the past 60-plus years accomplished the most impressive climbing feat. Just arriving at the summit alone is impressive!
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Percival Hillary & Sherpa Tenzing Norgay: First People To Reach The Summit Edmund Percival Hillary from New Zealand and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first two people to reach the summit of Everest on May 29, 1953.
Reinhold Messner: First To Climb To The Summit Alone After reaching the summit in 1978 without supplemental oxygen, Italian Reinhold Messner broke another record by becoming the first to climb Mt. Everest solo on August 20, 1980.
Sudarshan Gautam: First Double-Arm Amputee To Reach The Summit On May 20, 2013, Sudarshan Gautam reached the top of Mt. Everest. He has no arms and did not use a prosthetic to make the ascent.
Mark Inglis: First Double-Leg Amputee To Reach The Summit On May 15, 2006, Mark Inglis from New Zealand became the first-ever double amputee to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
Yuichiro Miura: Oldest Man To Reach The Summit In 2003, Japanese alpinist Yuichiro Miura became the oldest person to reach the summit at age 70. His record was later broken, but Miura, who had two heart surgeries in 2006 and 2007, reached the summit again in 2008 at the ...
Jordan Romero: Youngest Person To Reach The Summit On May 22, 2010, 13-year-old American Jordan Romero became the youngest person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. He was accompanied by his father, step-mother, and three Sherpas.
Apa Sherpa, Phurba Tashi Sherpa, Kami Rita Sherpa: Highest Number Of Times Reaching The Summit On May 11, 2011, Apa Sherpa from Nepal reached the summit for the 21st time. His record was matched by Phurba Tashi Sherpa on May 19, 2013, and Kami Rita Sherpa in 2017.
Erik Weihenmayer: First Blind Man To Reach The Summit U.S. climber Erik Weihenmayer went blind from juvenile retinoschisis at age 13. On May 25, 2001, he became the first blind man to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. He was the only blind man to accomplish the feat ...
Reinhold Messner & Peter Habeler: First Ascent Without Supplemental Oxygen On May 8, 1978, Italian Reinhold Messner and Austrian Peter Habeler made the first successful ascent of the mountain without using supplemental oxygen. Some consider this the first "true" ascent of Mt. Everest.
Tamae Watanabe: Oldest Woman To Reach The Summit In May 2002, 63-year-old Tamae Watanabe became the then-oldest woman to climb Mount Everest. She broke her own record 10 years later in May 2012 by scaling Mount Everest at the age of 73.
Junko Tabei: First Woman To Reach The Summit On May 16, 1975, Japanese citizen Junko Tabei became the first female to reach the summit.
Pemba Dorje Sherpa: Fastest Ascent From South Base Camp On May 21, 2004, it took Pemba Dorje Sherpa from Nepal just eight hours and 10 minutes to climb from South Base Camp to the summit of Mt. Everest.
Lori Schneider: First Person With Multiple Sclerosis To Reach The Summit On May 23, 2009, Lori Schneider became the first person with Multiple Sclerosis to reach the summit.
Jean-Marc Boivin: First To Descend On A Paraglider On September 26, 1988, Jean-Marc Boivin became the first person to paraglide from the summit of Mt. Everest.
Marco Siffredi: First To Descend On A Snowboard In 2001, Marco Siffredi from France became the first person to descend from Mount Everest on a snowboard. He disappeared in 2002 after successfully reaching the summit for a second time. He had been attempting to snowboard the ...
Babu Chhiri Sherpa: Longest Stay On The Summit Without Bottled Oxygen In May of 1999, Babu Chhiri Sherpa of Nepal stayed 21 hours at the summit of Mt. Everest without using bottled oxygen.
Pem Dorjee & Moni Mulepati: First People To Wed At The Summit On May 30, 2005, Pem Dorjee and Moni Mulepati of Nepal became the first couple to get married on top of Mt. Everest.
234 Climbers: The Most Climbers To Reach The Summit In A Single Day On May 19, 2012, 234 climbers reached the summit of Mount Everest. It was the most climbers to ascend in a single day.
Tashi & Nungshi Malik: First Twin Sisters To Reach The Summit Together Twins Tashi and Nungshi Malik from India reached the top of Mt. Everest together on May 19, 2013.