Daily Archives: May 19, 2021

Avid ‘Mount Everest’ Buff For 25-Years But I Never Realized That There Is No Picture Of ‘Hillary’ On Summit!


by Anura Guruge


Photo from my 1954 ‘John Hunt’ ‘Everest’ book which I have had most of my life.

From “Tenzin’s” 1958 book, which I have also had most of my life.


I am very familiar with this picture. From John Hunt’s book (above).


I also have this book. No pictures of the summit at all, at all! SMILE.

With the iconic photograph, shown at top, you can’t really tell who is under all that protective gear. So, it is easy to kind of think it is Hillary. It is NOT. It is Tenzing. The captions clearly state that. It is just that we tend to ind of forget that.

I was listening to this book (which is outstanding), i.e., Napoleon’s Hemorrhoids: And Other Small Events that Changed History, when this was mentioned, viz., there is NO photograph of Hillary at the summit. Just of Tenzing. I had to come home & check — twice. Wow.

Hillary has explained why there is no photo & it is quite amazing & amusing. Tenzing had never used a camera & ‘the summit of Everest was no place to give him his first lesson’! Classic. A beauty.

We even now know, decades later, that Tenzing leading, so he was the first of the two to step on to the summit. I love this stuff.

Hope you found this interesting.

Anura’s Picture Of The Day + 6 Others, May 19, 2021, No Flowers, For A Change.

by Anura Guruge


All taken with my (January 2021) Google Pixel 5.

No post-processing.

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Anu’s Picture of the Day:


The other 6:

Per “Garmin’s” New VO2 Max. Tracking In The ‘Venu 2’, I Am AS FIT As I Can Be!


by Anura Guruge


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I am just going by what Garmin says: “You’ve reached your achievable Fitness Age“.

This is Garmin’s NEW ‘Fitness Age’ metric introduced with the Venu 2 — which has new sensors.

Yes, my ‘VO2 Max’ is 42. I have been at 42 before & have had fitness ages way below this.

What is new here is that it says “I have REACHED“.

I do NOT feel like it. I am sure I can be fitter. I am a great believer that: you can’t be too fit, too thin, too smart or too poor. [I am not rich, so I can’t even comment on the “too rich” adage.]

Well, I am just sharing. OK. Showing OFF. SMILE. Come on. Wouldn’t YOU.