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May 29, 2013

Climbing Mount Everest

Sixty years ago today New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first confirmed ascent of the world's tallest peak which reaches 29,029 feet. Since then thousands of people have made the attempt, with many perishing. Just last week 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura became the oldest person to reach the summit for the third time, although he said that he nearly died on the descent and that this would be his last time. The 1953 expedition that took Hillary and Norgay to the top ended with a stay of just 15 minutes, with Norgay leaving chocolates in the snow and Hillary leaving a cross that was given to him by Army Colonel John Hunt, the leader of the British expedition. -- Lloyd Young ( 37 photos total)

Tenzing Norgay, left, and Sir Edmund Hillary on their historic ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. (Associated Press)

Sir Edmund Hillary and fellow climbers, on Mount Everest in 1953 during the first credited ascent to the mountain peak. (New York Times) #

Sherpa Tenzing Norgay stands on the summit of Mount Everest May 29, 1953 after he and climbing partner Edmund Hillary became the first people to reach the highest point on Earth. (Edmund Hillary/Royal Geographical Society via Associated Press) #

From left; Colonel John Hunt, Tenzing Norgay (better known as Sherpa Tensing), and Edmund Hillary make a jubilant return to Britain after becoming the first men to scale Mount Everest. (George W. Hales/Hulton Archive via Getty Images) #

Sir Edmund Hillary, left, and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa smile after summiting the Mount Everest in 1953 in this undated handout photograph. Nepali Sherpa friends of Sir Hillary, who died on January 11, 2008, lit butter lamps and offered special Buddhist prayers in monasteries for the mountaineer, calling him a great philanthropist and friend of Nepal. Hillary, who scaled Mount Everest in 1953 along with Nepal's Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, spent much of his life afterwards helping Sherpa communities in Nepal, including projects to build hospitals and schools. (Norgay Archive via Reuters) #

Media film the statues of Edmund Hillary, left, and Tenzing Norgay during a function to mark the 60th anniversary of successful ascent of Mount Everest, in Katmandu, Nepal, on May 29, 2013. Hillary and Norgay were the first people to set foot on the peak of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press) #

Kancha Sherpa, a team member of the 1953 Mount Everest expedition that placed Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary on the summit of the world's highest mountain, and Amelia Rose Hillary (2nd R), granddaughter of New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary, waves to well-wishers from a horse-drawn carriage during a procession for Everest Summitteers during the Mount Everest Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Kathmandu on May 29, 2013. Nepal marked 60 years since the first ascent of Everest May 29, celebrating the summiteers whose success has bred an industry that many climbers now fear is ruining the world's highest peak. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images) #

Aerial photograph of Mount Everest (back-center) and Everest's West Shoulder with Nuptse (Right - 8848m) on May 15, 2003 on the Nepal - Tibet border. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)) #

Buddhist prayer flags flutter in a strong wind blowing towards the snow capped peaks of Mount Everest, center, and Lhotse, right, near Tengboche village on the trail to Mount Everest in Nepal on May 14, 2003. A team of 12 mountaineers from Indian Army, Royal Nepalese Army and Nepalese sherpas scaled Lhotse Tuesday setting a record for the highest number of mountaineers to scale the technically difficult peak in a single day. (Gurinder Osan/Associated Press)) #

Drinks, rice and a kind of flour is offered near the end of the Puja ceremony for Team Everest on April 7, 2003, at Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The Puja is a buddhist ceremony to bless the team and its equipment and to seek safe passage up the mountain. Buddhist prayer flags radiate from the center pole. (Erich Schlegel/The Dallas Morning News via Associated Press) #

British mountaineering photographer Jonathan Griffith climbs in the upper reaches of Mount Everest on April 27, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images) #

An aerial view the Mount Everest range some 140 km (87 miles) northeast of Kathmandu on Jan. 14, 2011. The government said it aims to double the number of foreign visitors who come to Nepal every year to one million in 2011. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images) #

Members of the E3 99 Everest Extreme Expedition negotiate a three ladder bridge over the Camp 1 crevasse at 19,500 feet on Mount Everest in Nepal, on May 13, 1999, testing vital sign monitors and gathering additional information on hypoxia and acclimatization. (Associated Press) #

Mountaineers pass through the treacherous Khumbu Icefall on their way to Mount Everest near Everest Base camp, Nepal, on May 18, 2003. With the weather providing a safer window for summit attempts starting May 19, many teams, including the joint Indo-Nepalese army, Korean and Japanese have left for attempting to climb the world's highest peak. (Gurinder Osan/Associated Press) #

A view of the Kumbhu icefall, the first hurdle in the ascent to Everest from base camp, as seen from Everest Base camp, in Nepal, on May 17, 2003. (Gurinder Osan/Associated Press) #

Climbers from various countries descend Khumbu Icefall on their way back to Base Camo on May 22, 2013 after summiting Mount Everest . May is the most popular month for Everest climbs because of more favorable weather. Earlier this month, an 80-year-old Japanese man Yuichiro Miura became the oldest conqueror of Mount Everest and Raha Moharrak became the first woman from Saudi Arabia to scale the peak. (Pasang Geljen Sherpa/Associated Press) #

An aerial photograph of Everest Base camp, a large tent city full of climbers at 18,000 ft. May 15, 2003 which sits at the foot of Mount Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. A record 1,000 climbers plan assaults on the summit of Mount Everest to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the first successful assault on the World's tallest mountain. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)) #

Nepalese Sherpas climb Khumbu Icefall, on May 16, 2013 above Base Camp on their way to summit. May is the most popular month for Everest climbs because of more favorable weather. (Geljen Sherpa/Associated Press) #

A golden glow envelopes as the sun sets on the worlds highest mountain, center, seen from Kalapathar, on the trail to Everest, Nepal, on Nov. 15, 1983. Hundreds and thousands of mountaineers and mountain lovers have gathered in Katmandu to take part in various celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest by Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgey on May 29, 1953. (Bikas Das/Associated Press) #

Japanese Yuichiro Miura, 80-year-old professional skier, alpinist, as he advances amid an icefall to the advance base camp C2 on the route to the world's highest peak of Mount Everest, Nepal, on May 16, 2013. (European Pressphoto Agency) #

80-year-old Japanese extreme skier Yuichiro Miura stands atop the summit of Mount Everest as he becomes the oldest person to climb the world's tallest mountain May 23, 2013. Miura, who also conquered the peak when he was 70 and 75, reached the summit at 9:05 a.m. local time, according to a Nepalese mountaineering official and Miura's Tokyo-based support team. (MIURA DOLPHINS Co., Ltd via Associated Press) #

Japanese mountain climber Yuichiro Miura, 80, shows a victory sign upon his arrival at the airport after climbing Mount Everest, in Kathmandu May 26, 2013. Miura, who has had four heart surgeries, reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday becoming the oldest person to conquer the world's highest mountain. Miura, who first climbed Everest in 2003 and repeated the feat five years later, takes the oldest climber record from Nepal's Min Bahadur Sherchan, who reached the summit at the age of 76 in 2008. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters) #

Two people (bottom left) stand next to their tent as they camp at the base of the earth's highest peak, Mount Everest, in the Tibet Autonomous Region, the People's Republic of China, on Oct.13, 2011. Tibet is a vast land of harsh, arid, brown plateaus and majestic mountain ranges. Living in the thin air of this high altitude desert are many nomads. Religion is an integral part of life for Tibetans, and most partake in religious pilgrimages of hundreds of kilometers to visit the region's monasteries and sacred sites. (Barbara Walton/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Members of Mount Everest (Mt. Qomolangma) expedition team inch their way up a slope of the mountain on May 19, 2005. (Suolang Luobu/Associated Press) #

In this image released by mountain guide Adrian Ballinger of Alpenglow Expeditions and taken May 18, 2013, climbers make their way to the summit of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. Nepal celebrated the 60th anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, by honoring climbers who followed in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. (Adrian Ballinger/Alpenglow Expeditions via Associated Press) #

Mount Everest (top), or Sagarmatha, the highest peak in the world with an altitude of 8,848 meters is seen in this aerial view next to the 6,812 meters (22,349 feet) high Mount Ama Dablam (bottom) on April 22, 2007. Climate experts agreed on a U.N. report on May 4, 2007 that said fighting global warming is affordable and the technology available to slow the growth in greenhouse gas emissions and stave off climate chaos, a senior delegate said. (Desmond Boylan/Reuters) #

Climbers make their way to the summit of Mount Everest on May 18, 2013, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. Nepal celebrated the 60th anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Adrian Ballinger/Alpenglow Expeditions via Associated Press) #

In a May 19, 2009 photograph, unidentified mountaineers descend Mount Everest. A group of top Nepalese climbers are planning a high-risk expedition to clean up Everest, saying decades of mountaineering have taken their toll on the world's highest peak. "Everest is losing her beauty," seven times Everest summiteer Namgyal Sherpa, 30, told AFP. "The top of the mountain is now littered with oxygen bottles, old prayer flags, ropes, and old tents. At least two dead bodies have been lying there for years now". (AFP/Getty Images) #

Tents glow in the twilight as clouds cover Everest Base Camp in Nepal on May 22, 2003. Many teams have rescheduled their summit attempt due to bad weather, even as some managed to reach the summit of Mount Everest from the south side, first climbed this season by the Indian-Nepalese army team early Thursday. (Gurinder Osan/Associated Press) #

Climbers navigate the knife-edge ridge just below the Hillary Step on May 18, 2013 during their way to the summit of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. Sixty years ago Wednesday, Sir Edmund Hillary and climbing partner Tenzing Norgay were the first to set foot on the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on earth on May 29, 1953. (Adrian Ballinger/ALPENGLOW EXPEDITIONS, via Associated Press) #

Arunima Sinha poses with the Indian flag on Mount Everest. The twenty-six year old Sinha, from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, who lost her leg after she was thrown from a moving train two years ago, became the first female amputee to climb Everest on May 21. (Arunima Sinha/AFP/Getty Images) #

13-year-old Jordan Romero, right, poses for photos with a Sherpa guide on the summit of Mount Everest on May 22, 2010. Jordan became the youngest climber to reach the top of Mount Everest after climbing it from the Chinese side accompanied by a team that included his father, his stepmother and three Sherpa guides. (Team Romero via Associated Press) #

Two Japanese climbers, in blue, rest on top of Mount Everest, surrounded by Tibetan prayer flags on May 20, 2013. (Pasang Geljen Sherpa/Associated Press) #

Nepalese Mountaineer Apa Sherpa with Mountain gear stands atop Mount Everest, Nepal, on May 22, 2010 while breaking his own record. The Nepalese conquered the 8,848-metre high Mount Everest for the 20th time on May 22, breaking his own previous world record in a climb he dedicated to environmental awareness. (Apa Sherpa via European Pressphoto Agency) #

Nepal marked 60 years since the first ascent of Everest May 29, celebrating the summiteers whose success has bred an industry that many climbers now fear is ruining the world's highest peak. (Tshering Sherpa/AFP/Getty Images) #

Mount Everest seen from above Everest Base camp, Nepal on May 26, 2003. Sir Edmund Hillary's son, Peter Hillary, is scheduled to hold a prayer session and ritual mask dance at the monastery today to commemorate 50 years of his father's and Tenzing Norgay's climb to Mount Everest. (Gurinder Osan/Associated Press) #

Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags are seen on the summit of Mount Everest on May 18, 2013 in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. Nepal celebrated the 60th anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, by honoring climbers who followed in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. (ALPENGLOW EXPEDITIONS via Associated Press) #


 
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