Curtis Rittenour

has pastored for 25 years in Oregon, Nebraska, and Washington. He is a freelance writer and speaker.

​A High and Holy Place

Climbing to heavenly heights

Chomolungma. Sagarmatha. Peak XV. One of the Seven Summits. The highest mountain in the world. There are many names for Everest. Climbers have been drawn to this 29,055-foot “goddess of the sky” (its Nepali name) for more than a century. Ever since the 1850s, when the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India established the first published height of the mountain (named for Sir George Everest, the surveyor general of India from 1830 through 1843), something has called the hearts of humankind to scale its summit. Little did anyone know that it would take 100 more years, numerous expeditions, and the lives of 15 men before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay would …

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