Celebrating 60 Years of Man Being On Top Of The World

Edmund Hillary & Sherpa Tenzing (Photo credit: Horowhenua Historical Society Inc.)
Edmund Hillary & Sherpa Tenzing (Photo credit: Horowhenua Historical Society Inc.)

Being located in the Lake District, it is fair to say there are quite a few fell walkers and mountaineers amongst us here at English Lakes. Today is a special day for many hiking enthusiasts as it marks the 60th anniversary of man successfully reaching the highest point on the planet!

The first successful ascent of Mount Everest was undertaken by Sir Edmund Hillary & Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on 29 May 1953.  They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest. Hillary was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

For those of you that don’t fancy a gruelling hike up Mount Everest the Lake District is a fell walkers paradise with many fells and mountains to conquer for both beginners and advance mountain walkers.

Sir Chris Bonington, an elder statesman of British mountaineering who lives in Cumbria and has previously climbed Everest, compares some walks on the Lake District fells as being better than Everest. He also said, you can experience  “some of the most lovely views you will get anywhere in the world” whilst enjoying walks in the Lake District.

Did you know?

Scafell Pike (The Long Haul) '10
Scafell Pike in the Lake District is England’s tallest mountain (Photo credit: Strange Luke)

Mount Everest’s summit, at 8,848 meters is 9 times higher than England’s highest mountain located right here in the Lake District, Scafell Pike which stands at 989 meters.

A local favorite, Kendal Mint Cake was eaten on the top of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary & Sherpa Tenzing Norgay as they gazed at the countryside down below. A member of the expedition wrote, “It was easily the most popular item on our high altitude ration – our only criticism was that we did not have enough of it”!

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