Mount Ngauruhoe, New ZealandMount Everest, Nepal-Tibet
The lucky and ambitious few who get to stand atop Everest are rewarded with a view from the rooftop of the world. The rest of us will have to settle for photographs of the magnificent 29,035-foot peak. Everest was first climbed by these men in 1953, who have been followed by ambitious climbers ever since. Sadly, some attempts, notably during 1996, ended in tragedy.