Mount Everest was named after a British surveyor of India. Kilimanjaro is "Mountain of the God of Cold" in Swahili. K2 (or Karakoram 2) was the second peak surveyed in the Karakoram Range. Today, the names of these peaks are common knowledge, but at one point, they were little more than one expedition member saying to another, "Let's name that one after our buddy George." So how did the term "Mount Everest" become the universally accepted designation for that particular rock pile?
A Peak by Any Other Name
Law of the Land (And Maps)
Mountain of Many Names
Written by Ryan Wichelns September 18, 2018
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