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The Mount Everest Story In Photos (1953)

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On May 28, 1953, Edmund Hillary told the rest of the expedition that never made it to the top of Everest, “We knocked the bastard off.”

 

1953:  New Zealand mountain climber, Edmund Hillary, with (Sherpa Tensing) Tenzing Norkay, in London after becoming the first men to climb the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

1953: New Zealand mountain climber, Edmund Hillary, with (Sherpa Tensing) Tenzing Norkay, in London after becoming the first men to climb the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

For  a brief time, Hillary and Tenzing Norgay had stood on the top of the world’s highest peak. Hillary offered Tenzing his hand. Tenzing responded with a hug.

Colonel John Hunt, the leader of the expedition, wrote about why conquering Everest mattered:

“It is not sufficient to reply, ‘Because it is there’; the climbs are symbols of man’s conquest of himself and man’s smallness in relation to his environment.”

Since then, amputees, pensioners, a 13-year-old boy and even a woman have reached the summit.

But not everyone makes it. Everest is for serious mountaineers.