While we loving working at Regtransfers, there are times when we do dream of far off, exotic locations. In that frame of mind, we find number plates begin to resolve themselves into place names. Take EVE 235T, for example. Look at it for long enough and it takes on the shape of the iconic mountain that, in terms of altitude, is the highest in the world.
(Incidentally, the tallest mountain in the world from base to summit is Mauna Kea, in the Hawaiian islands – it stands over 10,000 metres. Everest is the highest above sea level. A subtle but important difference.)
Everest, isn’t the only name given to this mountain, that straddles the border between Tibet and Nepal. On the Nepalese side, it is known as ‘Sagarmatha’, meaning ‘Goddess of the Sky’. On the Tibetan side, it is called ‘Chomolungma; meaning ‘Goddess Mother of Mountains’. Local peoples living around the mountain worshipped it as sacred for millennia before Radhanath Sikdar, a ‘computer’ (surveyor and calculator) discovered it to be the highest mountain in the world in 1852.
While Sherpas – or mountain guides – have made passes across the mountain for centuries, the first people to reach the summit of Everest were Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, who reached the top on the 29th of May, 1953. They couldn’t enjoy the view for long – the thin oxygen levels at the summit meant that if they lingered any longer than fifteen minutes, they would begin to suffer the dangerous effects of hypoxia.
Hillary was not the first western climber to try to reach the summit. One of the first was the renowned British mountain climber George Mallory, who made his attempt in June 1924. He disappeared sometime around the 8th of June and his fate was unknown for 75 years, until an expedition, following his footsteps, discovered his ‘freeze-dried’ remains on the 1st of May, 1999.
Despite Hillary’s achievement, and decades of advances in mountaineering, climbing Everest has remained a dangerous proposition. Every year since 1969 there has been at least one death on the mountain. Today, it is thought that there are up to 120 bodies of climbers along the summit route, some now acting as ‘signposts’ for those making their climb. One of the most famous was ‘Green Boots’, or Tsewang Paljor, part of the first Indian team to attempt the summit. His remains were an important waymarker before they were finally ‘buried’ with stones by a passing team in 2017.
The dangers of the mountain have not stopped anybody from having a go at reaching the summit. It is one of the ‘busiest’ mountains in the world, with groups often having to wait at various camps for their shot at the top. Climbers as young as 13, like India’s Malavath Poorna have reached the top, as have those as old as 80, like Japan’s Yuichiro Miura. People have married at the summit, snowboarded down the mountain from the top and have made it despite a range of challenges, such as blindness or loss of a limb.
If you’re thinking of scaling Everest, there are a number of companies that will take you from base camps. Sherpas will expertly guide those taking part and ensure that their ascent of the mountain is safe. The most popular route does not involve rock climbing, instead using fixed lines up to the top. Be aware, however, making your own trip can be very, very expensive – a much better option can be finding a place on a preexisting expedition, where resources are pooled and costs are less.
A number of other mountains in the surrounding region also cater for those wanting a challenge. Island and Mera Peak are excellent trekking peaks for beginners, while Mt. Ama Dablam is more for those who want a taste of real expedition climbing. Whatever your ability and physical fitness, there’s something in the Himalayan region.
Are you a mountaineer or rock climber? Or maybe you just fancy a personal registration that stands tall above all others. Get in touch and talk to us about making our towering EVE 235T number plate your very own!