Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Everest - The 60th Anniversary

Photo from Man of Everest The Biography of Tenzing by James Ramsay Ullman

Today is the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest by Tenzing and Hillary. 

The sheer joy and innocence of this photograph, possibly taken around Thyanboche monastery after the 1953 climb makes a refreshing change from the "human jams", controversy and conflicts between climbers and sherpas and the general state of high pressure and tension on the mountain sixty years after! 

Looking at this photo, one is reminded of Mallory's comment "What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life." 

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