Upward Ho! Lining Up For Everest

Last June, Erik Weihenmayer, right, became the first blind climber to reach Mount Everest's icy 29,035-ft. peak, and on his way he carved a hint of approachability in the mountain's otherwise treacherous face. Now there's a veritable buffet line of hopeful summiteers, from amputees to an all-woman team to the descendants of the first climbers to reach the peak. It's no easy trek: though a record 182 people made it to the top last year, 90% of Everest climbers fail. --By Sora Song

PETER HILLARY AND TASHI TENZING Son of Sir Edmund Hillary and grandson of Tenzing Norgay The descendants of...

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