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Climbing MOUNT EVEREST This fullscreen panorama was published in connection with the 50 year anniversary in May 2003, for the first who reached the top of Everest. 50 years ago May 29 1953 The top of Mount Everest was reached for the first time by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Since then 1.200-1.500 has climbed the top. Nobody knows the exact number. More than 140 climbers died on the way. On May 24, 1989 the Australian photographer and mountaineer Roderick Mackenzie reached the summit…

“Everest Base Camp is probably the most famous city of its size in the world. Perched on the rock-strewn, ever shifting Khumbu glacier, squeezed between Mounts Pumori and Nuptse, the current population is upwards of 800 temporary inhabitants: 247 Everest climbers and guides, 76 Lhotse climbers and guides, 290 Sherpas, some 200 Base Camp staff and a constant flow of yak trains—their tinkling bells far sweeter than the blare of a coal train, let me tell you.”

Hotel California & Mt. Everest at base camp in Tibet ©Douglas MacRae -- For use with Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" (non-fiction)

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