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Anniversary of first Mount Everest summit

Posted by Dana Hatic  May 30, 2013 12:05 PM

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On May 29, 1953, New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.

News of the achievement arrived in London on June 2, 1953, the same day as the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. This year on the 60th anniversary of the epic trek their fathers completed, the sons of those two climbers, Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzig Norgay, joined Queen Elizabeth for a reception at the Royal Geography Society.

On May 23, 2013, Yuichiro Miura, 80, became the oldest man to summit the 29,035-foot (8,850-meter) peak, after having also conquered the climb at ages 70 and 75.

On May 18, Raha Moharrak became the first woman from Saudi Arabia to scale the peak.

Nearly 4,000 climbers have reached the summit since that first climb. Take a look at these photos from Everest expeditions over the years.

Mount Everest Milestones:
Climber scales Everest from north and south sides in the same season
Anniversary of first flight over Everest
Nepal marks 60th anniversary of first Everest climb
Man base-jumps off Everest:

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