May 29th 1953: Hillary and Norgay reach Everest summit
this day in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the
first people to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain: Mount
Everest. Many previous attempts to scale the peak had failed, but New
Zealander Hillary and Nepalese Norgay reached the top (29,028 feet) at
11.30am local time on May 29th 1953. Norgay later revealed that Hillary
had been the first to step onto the summit. The pair spent only 15
minutes taking pictures at the summit before they began their descent.
Norgay left chocolates in the snow as an offering and Hillary left a
cross that he had been given by John Hunt, leader of the expedition.
News of their success reached London on the morning of Queen Elizabeth
II’s coronation on June 2nd, and upon arrival in Kathmandu, Hillary and
Hunt discovered they had been knighted.
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Mount Everest's Famous Hillary Step Destroyed, Mountaineers Confirm
A famous feature of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the world’s highest peak even more dangerous to climbers. Mountaineers said the Hillary Step may have fallen victim to Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake.
Finch glowered at me. It was obvious that he’d endured too much teasing about that particular article of clothing. "It’s the goose-down-filled outer jacket I devised for Everest,“ he snapped. "Yes, it’s balloon fabric - the only material I could find that wouldn’t tear or rip and which could be easily sewn for the compartments of eiderdown. It kept me warm at almost twenty-four thousand feet below the the North East Ridge.”
Sir Edmund Percival Hillary was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.