history of everest

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May 29th 1953: Hillary and Norgay reach Everest summit

On 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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ART HISTORY MEME > [3/10] artists

̏ The evolution of the New Era rests on the cornerstone of Knowledge and Beauty ˝Nicholas Roerich

Path to Kailas (1931), Tent Mountain (1933), Waiting (1927), And we are not afraid (1922),  Royal monastery(1932),  Monhegan(1922),  Everest(1935),  Boris and Gleb(1942),  Mount of five treasures (Two worlds) (1933)

George Ingle Finch, (1888 - 1970) was a chemist and mountaineer and known for creating the first down jacket for a 1922 Mount Everest Expedition.  

“Is this your famous balloon jacket?”

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.”

From “The Abominable: A Novel” by Dan Simmons

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