The highest mountain

Thanks to a show on the Discovery Channel, climbing Mount Everest is as tantalizingly close as your television. Tuning in to the finale of Everest: Beyond the Limit Tuesday (Dec. 18) at 10 p.m. might inspire you to swing by Mountain Sports and begin scaling snowy heights in preparation for your own Himalayan quest. Before you go, here are some numbers to consider:

Climbers who reached the summit this year

Climbers who died in the attempt

Average temperature (°F) in the April-May climbing season

Elevation at the summit (in feet)

Approximate elevation line for the “death zone”

Approximate cost of an expedition (per person)

Odds a climber won’t reach the summit