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The Questions We Get

The library has only a few resources for mountaineering statistics. We’re fortunate to have Accidents in North American Mountaineering and the Himalayan Database at our disposal, but these aren’t enough. As mountaineering and climbing accidents become increasingly popular news (such as last winter’s Mount Hood and Fowler/Boskoff incidences), we’re getting more requests for statistical information.

Year to date, the library staff has answered 50% more reference questions than at this point last year. Inquiries related to mountaineering statistics account for much of that increase. Here are a few examples:

  • How many people summitted Everest in 2001?
  • How many deaths were reported on Everest in 1986?
  • Who is the oldest North American to summit Everest?
  • Where can I find a list of the world’s highest peaks that are still unclimbed?

Please email us at library@americanalpineclub.org or comment to this post if you’re aware of resources for statistical information related to mountaineering. We appreciate your help!


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