American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, Everest

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  • Publication Year: 1951

Everest. In July 1950 a Bombay newspaper reported the arrival of a Swiss party intending to attack Mt. Everest, but no further account of this group has been received.

Reports of the terrible Assam earthquake and flood tell of 20,000 to 30,000 square miles being affected, with hundreds of villages inundated and 5,000,000 people made homeless. “Whole chains of mountains seem to have vanished,” says the Associated Press; and a special dispatch to the New York Times announces that Everest has risen 198 ft. and is now 29,200 ft. high. Since the height of Everest has long been given officially as 29,141 ft., the accuracy of this statement about the shake-up can be questioned.

A Peiping magazine, Open Minded Youth, strongly urges that Everest be called Chu Mu Long Ma, which is Tibetan for “Mountain of the Waters of the Sacred Mother.”

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