We’re a little bit late with this one, but we’ve just found it down the back of our virtual sofa and it seems too good to waste, so here’s a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the conquest of Everest.
A remarkable achievement (conquering Everest, not us finding this infographic), it seems surprising in retrospect that it took until May 29 1953 before man – or rather two men, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay – finally scaled the peak of the world’s highest mountain. It had been standing there for millions of years, after all.
At the time of Hillary, of course, climbing equipment and technology was considerably more primitive than it is today. Which, naturally, makes the 1953 achievement all the more remarkable.
E&T interviewed one of the 3,000 or so climbers that over the years have followed in Hillary’s footsteps, David Hempleman-Adams. Read his story online.
Click on the graphic for an expanded view.