Test Your Knowledge: Earth's Mightiest Mountains
by Staff
Earth's rockiest and snowiest points have inspired awe and fear for thousands of years. How much do you know about our planet's mightiest mountains?

What are the Seven Summits?

  • A series of peaks with religious importance in Southeast Asia
  • The tallest peaks on each continent
  • A collection of peaks in Asia

From a mountaineering perspective, which huge mountain is least challenging to summit?

  • Denali
  • K2
  • Aconcagua

From its very bottom to its peak, where is Earth's tallest mountain?

  • Hawaii
  • Tibet and Nepal
  • Switzerland

How much taller than Mt. Everest is Mauna Kea?

  • about 950 feet
  • about 4000 feet
  • about a mile

Scientists believe that Mauna Kea is about how tall?

  • 38,000 feet
  • 33,500 feet
  • 31,000 feet

At what height does the tree line generally end on the slopes of tall mountains?

  • about 15,000 feet
  • about 12,000 feet
  • about 10,000 feet

How many of Earth's mountains have peaks that are at least 23,000 feet above sea level?

  • 26
  • 109
  • 133

Of the nearly 109 peaks topping 23,000 feet, how many of them are in Asia?

  • All of them
  • 105
  • 87

How do Earth's tallest mountain ranges form?

  • tectonic plate collisions
  • volcanic eruptions
  • dinosaur bones

What is the highest free-standing mountain on Earth?

  • Kilimanjaro
  • Mt. Everest
  • Denali

The mountain called Godwin Austen is also known as what?

  • K2
  • K1
  • K10

About how many people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro each year?

  • 800
  • 25,000
  • 42,000

Denali was formerly known as what?

  • Mt. Harding
  • Mt. McKinley
  • Mt. Ford

How was Mt. McKinley first named, anyway?

  • A gold prospector
  • Early oil drillers
  • An act of Congress

Which immense mountain is a dormant volcano?

  • Mt. Everest
  • Denali
  • Mt. Elbrus

Which mountain has never once been climbed during winter?

  • K2
  • Mt. Everest
  • Lhotse

Geologists classify a feature as a mountain once it exceeds what height?

  • 1,000 feet
  • 4,000 feet
  • 6,000 feet

The name of which mountain may mean "Sentinel of Stone?"

  • Mount Elbrus
  • Aconcagua
  • Puncak Jaya

Gasherbrum I is also known as what?

  • Hidden Peak
  • Ghost Peak
  • Evil Peak

The Great Trigonometrial Survey of India recorded the first heights of which mountains?

  • Himalayan Mountains
  • Ural Mountains
  • Altai Mountains

How tall is Puncak Jaya, located in Indonesia?

  • 19,210 feet
  • 16,024 feet
  • 14,398 feet

Which mountain's name means "White Peak of the Three Spiritual Brothers?"

  • Makalu
  • Gangkhar Puensum
  • Manaslu

The Snowy Mountains are home to which significant peak?

  • Puncak Jaya
  • Mount Kosciuszko
  • Aconcagua

Mt. Vinson is the tallest mountain on which continent?

  • Antarctica
  • Australia
  • South America

Gangkhar Puensum has which significant distinction?

  • It is the tallest unclimbed mountain.
  • Massive recent snowfall has added dozens of feet to its summit.
  • It is the deadliest mountain in the world.

What happened to the first team that tried to summit Gangkhar Puensum?

  • A viral outbreak stranded them at base camp for two months.
  • They couldn't find the mountain.
  • Eight of the 10 team members were killed.

In 1958, how was enormous Mt. Vinson discovered?

  • A seismic event recorded at an Army base.
  • By binoculars from over 150 miles away
  • By Navy plane

Chomolungma is the Tibetan name for which mountain?

  • Manaslu
  • Mt. Everest
  • Cho Oyo

An enterprising team took a Land Rover to the summit of which mountain?

  • Mt. Vinson
  • Mt. Elbrus
  • Kilimanjaro

How many people died attempting to ascent Annapurna I in October 2014?

  • 13
  • 19
  • 39