60th Anniversary of the 1st summit of Everest
Trip Start Apr 20, 2013
55Trip End May 19, 2013
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2013 will mark the 60th anniversary of the first summit of Mount Everest by Hillary and Tenzing. To be on the mountain as the 60th celebrations will be taking place will make for an amazing atmosphere.
1953: Hillary and Tenzing conquer Everest
The New Zealander Edmund Hillary, and the Nepalese Sherpa
Tenzing Norgay, have become the first to reach the summit of Mount
Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border.
They reached the top of the world at 1130 local time after a gruelling climb up the southern face.
A symmetrical, beautiful snow cone summit
The two men hugged each other with relief and joy but only stayed on the summit for 15 minutes because they were low on oxygen.
Mr Hillary took several photographs of the
scenery and of Sherpa Tenzing waving flags representing Britain, Nepal,
the United Nations and India.
Sherpa Tenzing buried some sweets and biscuits in the snow as a Buddhist offering to the gods.
They looked for signs of George Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine who
had disappeared in 1924 in a similar attempt to conquer Everest, but
Then they began the slow and tortuous descent to rejoin their team
leader Colonel John Hunt further down the mountain at Camp VI.
When he saw the two men looking so exhausted Col Hunt assumed they had
failed to reach the summit and started planning another attempt.
But then the two climbers pointed to the mountain and signalled they had reached the top, and there were celebrations all round.
Col Hunt attributed the successful climb to advice from other
mountaineers who had attempted the feat over the years, careful
planning, excellent open-circuit oxygen equipment and good weather.
Mr Hillary described the peak, which is 29,028 feet (8,847 m) above sea level, as "a symmetrical, beautiful snow cone summit".
He was one of the members of the expedition led by Eric Shipton in 1951
that discovered the southern route to the top of the mountain.
A year later, Tenzing reached the record height of 28,215 feet (8,599 m) during a Swiss expedition led by Raymond Lambert.
Mount Everest was named after Sir George Everest, the surveyor-general
of India who was the first to produce detailed maps of the Indian
subcontintent including the Himalayas.