By George Manley – Expedition 8848 Artist
Everest Historical Moments Series
In 1953 this expedition to Everest was on a grand scale, compared to the 1920s & 1930s previous Everest expeditions, on this one there were 350 porters, it even took two porters to carry the wages, there were 13 climbers with the now famous Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary.
To climb Everest there were many advanced camps established, at camp 8 on the south col, the first attempt was made by Charles Evans and Tom Bourdillon, but because of bad snow conditions and the oxygen sets failing they stopped at the south summit, only 100m/323ft from the summit.
The second attempt was better planned and a higher camp 9 was established, here Hillary and Tensing stayed the night. The next morning at 6.30am they started the Ascent of Everest, after the south summit they reached a difficult step on the ridge now known as the Hillary step, this they climbed successfully, with the summit now only 200ft away, they reached the summit of Everest at 11.30am on the 29th May 1953. The news of this achievement back in Nepal and Britain was received with great celebration, this was fantastic news as it was also the year our present Queen Elisabeth was crowned.