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The Top 3 Ascents of Mount Everest

January 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 135

There have been many people to take on the mighty Mount Everest over the years, but there are three ascents which certainly stand out from the rest.

1. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay ascent in 1953

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the main participants in the first successful ascent of the summit. Expedition leader John Hunt had selected two climbing pairs to reach the summit. The first pairing, Tom Bourdillon and Charles Evans put in an extraordinary effort when they tackled the high slopes. However, there hopes were dashed when they came within 100 meters of the summit, but ran into oxygen problems.

Of course, their efforts were not in vain, as the second pairing, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay had certainly learned from their mistakes. At 11.30 am on the 29th of May 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first successful climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. British John Hunt and New Zealander Edmund Hillary were knighted by the Queen. As well as this, Tenzing Norgay from Nepal was awarded the George medal. This is one ascent that will never be forgotten.

2. Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler first ascent without supplementary oxygen in 1978

On the 8th of May 1978, mountaineer Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler did something that many people thought was impossible. They reached the summit of Mount Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen. He completed the task again just two years later. Before the pair had achieved this, it was thought impossible that two men would be able to reach the summit without supplemental oxygen. This was an event that definitely changed the mountaineering world.

3. Reinhold Messner Solo ascent in 1980 without supplementary oxygen

As mentioned above, Reinhold Messner stood atop the world's highest point without supplemental oxygen just two years after his first achievement. However, this time it was even more amazing because it was a solo ascent, something that would have been much more dangerous than his previous successful attempt. Again, this is something that definitely changed the way climbers took on the challenge.

So, there you have it, the top three ascents of Mount Everest. Each of these ascents has made a massive impact on the way that people view the climbing world. All of these climbers have shown things that many people once thought were impossible. This has led to many more people taking on the challenge of climbing the highest mountain in the world.

Over the years there have been many notable ascents of Mount Everest, but these three in particular have definitely made history.

Colin Wallace owns the website Mount Everest The British Story at which features the history of all British expeditions past and present. You will also find useful information relating to Mount Everest such as facts, a summiteers list, statistics and much more.

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