Seems that the year before, 1953, Edmund Hillary and his guide Tenzing were the first to make it to the top. I vividly remember the height of Everest as 29028 feet; something of an odd but easy to
|Hillary and Tenzing|
Seems the summit grew a foot over the past 60 years or so but that was only snow accumulation. The rock part goes up as far as 29002 and the rest appears to be varying depths of snow and ice; a distinction without much of a difference.
A few years back, Hillary was signing pictures of Everest and selling them on eBay for $20 so I bought one. Still have it somewhere deep in the piles of stuff one collects over the years. It was a couple years before his death in 2008 so I guess its legit but who knows.
Just thinking about all this and that earthquake induced avalanche. How amazing to have video of it when half a century ago it took a year for the news to make the Weekly Reader.