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Today, May 29, 2021, Is the 68th Anniversary Of Tenzing Norgay & Edmund Hillary Conquering ‘Mount Everest’.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE & read here. From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_British_Mount_Everest_expedition
Photo from my 1954 ‘John Hunt’ ‘Everest’ book which I have had most of my life.

From John Hunt’s book (above).

Kind of funny. I wrote about this ascent & the lack of a picture of Edmund Hillary at the summit just 10-days ago.

I always remember that it was in 1953 since that was the year I was born. But, I was born in September. So, this happened just before I was born.

The key here is that we all now appreciate that this was the 1st CONFIRMED ascent. That is good. We might still get proof that George Mallory, in 1924, beat them to it.

It is also good that more & more places, like Wikipedia, have started listing Sherpa Tenzing Norgay AHEAD of New Zealander, Edmund Hillary. As Hillary himself, albeit quite late in his life, has confirmed Tenzing was LEADING when they reached the summit. Plus, we only have a picture of Tenzing at the summit.

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.

Who Will Represent The Buddhist At Pope Francis’ September 20, 2016 Inter-Faith Summit In Assisi?

by Anura Guruge

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Pope John Paul II started the tradition, at Assisi, which went onto become the “World Day of Prayer for Peace“, in October 27, 1986 — 30 years ago. As you can see from the above picture the Dalai Lama was there with what looks like a Buddhist monk (or nun) from Thailand — among the 160 religious leaders who attended.

Pope Benedict XVI was not keen on the idea of joint prayer with non-Christians, at Assisi or anywhere else. So the Assisi gatherings under Benedict were more low-key.

Appears that Francis wants to follow in the footsteps of JP II, at least when it comes to Assisi and inter-faith. Plus it is the 30th anniversary.

The Dalai Lama most likely will finagle his way there. But who else will be there to represent the OTHER Buddhists? Anybody from Sri Lanka?

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by Anura Guruge

Mount Major Trail, Alton, New Hampshire On Memorial Day, 2015.

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
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by Anura Guruge

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Attribution MIGHT be sought.

Reminded me of the tattered prayer flags you see in Nepal. Somebody must have tried to recreate that. Cute.

From “Belknap Range Trails”. Click image to access ‘belknaprangetrails.org’ posting — which is excellent — for these trails.

From “All Trails”. Click image to access ‘alltrails.com’ post for these Mt. Major trails.

This was actually the first time we have been all the way up to the Summit! It was good. Very rewarding. Wonderful views.

Click for brief Wikipedia entry for Mount Major.

We have, of course, given that we have lived in Alton, N.H., since 2007, ventured on the trail — but we never made it all the way because one or more of the kids would ‘give up’. Not so yesterday, Memorial Day. Devanee, having been to a birthday party in West Alton (and having been driven there, at her request, in her 1968 Green MGB), was having a ‘down day’. So I asked Teischan what she wanted to do. She said she wanted to go on a hike. That was good. Of late, now 9, she is becoming quite the tourist — and I am delighted. Yes, we had hiked the 2.5 mile, 600′ vertical drop, ‘White House Trail‘ when we were at Canyon de Chelly. She had enjoyed that. I was going to go to my old stomping ground, ‘Locke’s Trail‘ in Gilford — which I/we used to hike often, with Ulysses, when we lived in Gilford.

On Sunday, driving Devanee to West Alton, I had seen that Mount Major was packed. Cars parked on the side of Rte 11, about 1/4 in length each way — in both directions. So that was about a mile of parked cars — not counting the 50 or so that can be accommodated in the parking lot. Lot of cars, lot of people.

So as I was driving along, which must have been around 2:30 pm (because I had to do some book work before we set forth), I said “lets do Mount Major if it isn’t full”! It wasn’t. Most people had headed home. There were people. The parking lot was full — though we did find a place. You met a fair number of people and dogs but they were spaced apart. It was DEFINITELY not like being on an escalator — which is what it must have been on Sunday.

Interesting hike — and we only did the Blue, Main Trail to the top. Most of it is a walk in the park. Then towards the end it gets STEEP and you have to scramble up some granite scrabble ledges. A bit tricky. I had already done my 2.5 mile run up and down Prospect Mountain Road that morning! But I need all the exercise I can get. So it was a bit tiring on the ol’ knees. The dogs had gone on the run too. Taking Maya, on a lead, and having the Canon T3i (around the neck), was an impediment. Could have enjoyed it much more if my hands were free. But it was fun. Deanna, despite her bad back and bad leg, made it in the end, though it was a challenge. But she enjoys being able to finish a hike — all her doctors telling her that she must walk and that she must exercise.

Definitely recommend it. It is challenging at the end but rewarding. Give it a spin. You might even see us, given that I get a feeling that we might do this again.

Oh, it was overcast and cloudy and there was always a hint of rain. Would have preferred a brighter day at the top BUT that would have made it hotter. The prospect of getting caught in the rain worried me slightly. The granite ledges, when wet, would be dangerous. Plus the Canon T3i is NOT weatherproof! Must get a weatherproof camera.