Everyone knows Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. It’s why Edmund Hillary is a household name, why there are no books or films about Ludwig Purtscheller and why Tenzing Norgay is the world’s most famous sherpa.
In fact, Everest isn’t the worlds’ tallest mountain. Mauna Kea, in Hawaii, measures 10,200m from base to top compared to Everest’s 8,900m. Most of Mauna Kea, however, is underwater which doesn’t change the facts but does change the story.