Fourteen mountain peaks on Earth stand taller than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet). The tallest of these “eight-thousanders” is Mount Everest, the standard to which all other mountains are compared. The Nepalese name for the mountain is Sagarmatha: “mother of the universe.”
Hauling middle-aged millionaires up Mount Everest is big business these days. But one thing that's been missing up to now is the ability to email self-congratulatory photos and video to one's loved ones from a mobile phone.