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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.

Edmund Hillary, One Of The First Known To Conquer Mount Everest, Was Born This Day 98-Years Ago; July 20, 1919.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Hillary




As a Mount Everest buff of long standing, with quite a decent library of historic books on the ‘Mount’, Sir Edmund Hillary has been a personal hero as far as I can remember — he and Tenzing Norgay (another hero) having conquered Everest just over 3 months ahead of my birth. Plus, Hillary, as a New Zealander, was a member of our glorious British Commonwealth and was listening to ‘Radio Ceylon‘ on top of Everest the night before they made it to the top.

I know enough of the lore to appreciate that we still have a BIG question mark as to whether George Mallory and/or Andrew Irvine managed to make it to the top in 1924 — before perishing on the mountain. And I also will not try to decide whether it was Hillary or Tenzing that reached the top first.


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by Anura Guruge

First Known Ascent Of Mount Everest, By Hillary & Tenzing, Occurred This Day 64-Years Ago; May 29, 1953.

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Everest


I am, and have been for decades, a Mount Everest buff.

I have quite a collection of historic books on Everest and have read all of them and many more.

I have savored this 1953 ascent. That was the year I was born. So, some significance.

I know enough of the lore to appreciate that we still have a BIG question mark as to whether George Mallory and/or Andrew Irvine managed to make it to the top in 1924 — before perishing on the mountain.


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by Anura Guruge

The Queen’s, My Queen’s, Elizabeth II’s, 60th Anniversary Of Coronation. Happy Anniversary. Many Happy Returns!

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Click to access 'The Telegraph' article.

Click to access ‘The Telegraph’ article.


Click again. Again 'The Telegraph'.

Click again. Again ‘The Telegraph’.


This time the Mirror. I was never a reader of 'The Mirror'. I was a 'Daily Mail', 'Sun' (of course) and Broadsheet reader. But, this is a decent article. Click.

This time the Mirror. I was never a reader of ‘The Mirror’. I was a ‘Daily Mail’, ‘Sun’ (of course) and Broadsheet reader. But, this is a decent article. Click.


That THE Queen (and as far as I am now concerned there is really only one) was crowned in June 1953 is something that I have ‘always’ known. It was the year of my Birth, though the coronation did not wait for me. I also, being the Everest buff, know that the first KNOWN ascent of Everest took place just prior to the coronation — the British-led, Commonwealth-heavy team wanting to honor the new Queen. So, the 60th anniversary of the Tenzing-Hillary ascent always comes a few days ahead — as we celebrated.

I am a born-again Royalist. In my ‘youth’ I really didn’t see a need for the Royals. But, I have, with age, become a huge fan of THIS Queen. She is a treasure. Can’t say the same about all the Royals, but this Queen, indubitably, stands alone. I, like millions of others, will be sad to see her go. She has been my Queen all my life!

Happy Anniversary.

Today, May 29, 2013 Is The 60th Anniversary Of First Known Successful Ascent Of Mount Everest. Yes, Tenzing Should Be Honored.

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by Anura Guruge


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Click to read the U.K. ‘The Guardian’ article.