On 29 May 1953, two men fired with extraordinary determination were the first to reach Mount Everest’s 8,848-metre summit. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, members of a British expedition led by Sir John Hunt, achieved the goal that dozens of other earlier expeditions had tried to reach: to stand on the top of the world.
Reaching the summit is optional. Getting down is mandatory.
14 X 8000
Considered by some as the greatest mountaineer of his generation, American Ed Viesturs scaled all 14 of the world’s 8,000-metre peaks without supplemental oxygen during his Endeavour 8000 project. Starting in 1989 with Mount Kangchenjunga in the Nepalese Himalayas, he finished in 2005 with Annapurna.
In all, Viesturs has climbed to over 8,000 metres 21 times – including seven ascents of Mount Everest – an achievement that puts him firmly on top of world.