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Old May 28th, 2013, 09:09 PM   #1

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Mount Everest 60 years on.


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The famous picture of the first successful summiting of Mount Everest is not, as many believe, of Edmund Hilary, but of Sherpa Tenzing Norkay.
There are no photographs of Hilary at the summit at Tenzing did not know how to work a camera.
On 29 may 1953, the New Zealander and Sherpa Tenzing reached the summit at 10h30 local time. Over a hundred climbers from the Western world had tried and failed in the previous thirty years and the expedition led by John Hunt was the ninth British expedition since 1921.
Although the pair reached the summit on 29 May the news did not reach the outside world until a 2nd June due to the isolation of the area and the information was delivered to the nearest radio station by runner--in 2013 during a celebration climb, mountaineers conducted live videophone interviews from the summit using mobile phones.

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In 1953, the British expedition Everest expedition, led by John Hunt and organized and financed by the Joint Himalayan Committee, returned to Nepal. After Wilfrid Noyce and Annullu had forced a passage to the South Col, two climbing pairs previously selected by Hunt attempted to reach the summit. The first pair, Charles Evans and Tom Bourdillon, using closed-circuit oxygen,[19] achieved the first ascent of the 8,750 m (28,700 ft) South Summit, within as little as 100 m (300 ft) of the final summit, but could go no further due to oxygen equipment problems and lack of time.[20] Two days later, the expedition made its second and final assault on the summit with its fittest and most determined climbing pair. Using conventional open-circuit oxygen, the summit was eventually reached at 11:30 a.m. local time on May 29, 1953 by the New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay from Nepal climbing the South Col route. They paused at the summit to take photographs and buried a few sweets and a small cross in the snow before descending. Although they characterized it as the culmination of a team effort by the whole expedition, there was intense public speculation as to which of the pair had set foot on the summit first. A few years later to end the speculation Tenzing disclosed that it was Hillary. News of the expedition's success reached London on the morning of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. Times reporter James Morris sent a coded message by runner to Namche Bazaar, where a wireless transmitter was used to relay the message to London. The conquest of Everest was probably the last major news item to be delivered to the world by runner. Returning to Kathmandu a few days later, Hillary and Hunt discovered that they had been knighted for their efforts.

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Old May 28th, 2013, 10:53 PM   #2
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How much higher is Tensing there? About 2 feet? But is his boot exactly on the highest point? Did Hilary actually get to the geometric peak and that patch behind looks suspiciously higher. This is not good.
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Just coz it was a kiwi and no an Aussie that got there first, no need to diss him.
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It's not good enough. The peaceful old mountain gets frozen and wind blasted, then a guy in boots carries flags and waves a battle axe above it.
OK it's above the treeline, but a bundle of flowers was the least they could do.
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It's not good enough. The peaceful old mountain gets frozen and wind blasted, then a guy in boots carries flags and waves a battle axe above it.
OK it's above the treeline, but a bundle of flowers was the least they could do.
Its worse that that. This month 5000 people!!!! have visited the basecamp. Last year 3 tons of garbage was removed from the upper slopes in preparation for the anniversary year including several bodies that have appeared as the glaciers have retreated.
Anyone with $50,000 to spend can now climb the mountain, although getting to the summit requires $70,000--it is harder to join the MCC.
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It's about an inch taller than it was back in Hilary's day.
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it is harder to join the MCC.
As it should be. We don't want any old riff-raff in the MCC.
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Sort of gang rape.
jo mo glang ma; Chomolungma "Holy Mother".
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They're actually considering putting a ladder at the peak of the mountain to avoid overcrowding. (For descenting only apparently)

Putting a Ladder at the Peak of Mt. Everest | TIME.com
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Do Tescos know its that busy.
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