Graduating from college was like getting to base camp in the Mount Everest–like climb in life.
The airplane flew at an altitude higher than that of Mount Everest—about 38,000 feet compared to Everest at 29,000 feet.
Climbing Mount Everest, in contrast, has become commonplace in this era of for-pay guided expeditions there.
mountain between Nepal and Tibet, named 1865 for Sir George Everest (1790-1866), surveyor-general of India. The Tibetan name is Chomolangma "mother goddess of the world."