have been climbing up rocks and mountains for a long time.
Some people climbed mountains just to see what was on the other side.
A lot of people climbed rocks to look for food or hunt animals or find a
different place to live. Many
ancient people thought powerful spirits or gods lived at the top of mountains.
The ancient Greeks thought their gods lived on top of a mountain named
climbing officially became a sport in 1760 (before the Declaration of
Independence was signed!) That was the year prize money was offered to the first
person to climb
is a mountain on the border of
is 15,771 feet tall and is the highest mountain in
. The prize money wasnít
claimed until 1786.
Europeans started climbing mountains called the
in the 1800ís. This is the
largest mountain system in
are very beautiful and capped with snow.
most famous early climb took place on a mountain called the
is 14, 692 feet high and is the third tallest mountain in the
. Trying to climb the
is very dangerous and many people have died.
are another famous mountain range and they are
located in southern
are in parts of
fourteen tallest mountains in the world are there!
The tallest mountain in the world is
is 29,028 feet tall!
A group of more than 400 people tried to climb
in 1953. Two
people from that group got to the top on
May 29, 1953
were named Edmund Hillary, who was from
, and Tenzing Norgay, who was in the native
tribe called Sherpa.