Amazing Kids! Magazine

Mt. Everest Great Adventurers

By Queen, age 10, Pakistan

Statue of Hillary

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the impossible, possible. They have been on top of the world. They climbed Mount Everest! Tenzing Norgay is among the world’s famous mountain climbers; he was one of the first two individuals who reached the summit of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary on May29, 1953.

In 1935, he got an opportunity to join the Everest expedition.  He was employed by Eric Shipton. In 1953 he took part in the seventh expedition to Mt. Everest. A member of the team, Edmund Hillary was also there. This expedition took 400 people, of which 362 were porters.  The expedition set up base camp in March, 1953. Working slowly it set up its final camp at the South Col at 25,900 feet (7,890 m). On May 26th Bourdillon and Evans attempted the climb but turned back when Evans’ oxygen system failed. The pair had reached the South Summit, coming within 300 vertical feet (91 m) of the summit. Hunt then directed Tenzing and Hillary to go for the summit. Snow and wind held the pair up at the South Col for two days. They set out on May 28th with a support trio of Alfred Gregory, Ang Nyima and a member called Lowe. The two pitched a tent at 27,900 feet (8,500 m) on May 28th while their support group returned down the mountain.

On the following morning Hillary discovered that his boots had frozen solid outside the tent. He spent two hours warming them before he and Tenzing attempted the final ascent wearing 30-pound (14 kg) packs. They finally reached the summit but only spent fifteen minutes there. Hillary took the famous photo of Tenzing posing with his ice-axe, but since Tenzing had never used a camera, Hillary’s ascent went unrecorded. Additional photos were taken looking down the mountain in order to re-assure that they had made it to the top and that the ascent was not faked.

The two had to take care on the descent after discovering that drifting snow had covered their tracks, complicating the task of retracing their steps. The first person they met was Lowe, who had climbed up to meet them with hot soup.  Then they climbed on down the mountain.

After a lot of struggle they had stood on the top of Mount Everest. They had been on top of the world!