June 2, 2003
Thank you for the May 29 editorial on Edmund Hillary ("Pinnacle of Achievement"). It provided a moment to ponder humility, kindness and the knowing that we achieve only on the shoulders of many others. Heide Franke Santa Monica
June 1, 2003 |
The hundreds of people who attempt to climb Mt. Everest every year know one important thing that Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay didn't before 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953. It's possible to climb the world's tallest peak and survive. Fifty years after Hillary and Norgay became the first humans to stand on the world's highest peak, at a height of 29,035 feet, some 1,200 people have equaled their feat. "People ask, 'What was all the fuss about?'
May 29, 2003
"To my right, a slender snow ridge climbed up to a snowy dome about 40 feet above our heads," wrote Edmund Hillary. Then, "I waved Tenzing [Norgay] up to me. A few more whacks of the ice ax, a few very weary steps and we were on the summit of Everest." That is how Hillary described their last steps to the top of the world 50 years ago today in his book "High Adventure." This was the era of grand national expeditions to the world's highest peaks.
April 26, 2003 |
Nearly 50 years ago, on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, weary of body and mind but driven by a desire that burned deeper by the day, left their exhausted climbing party behind and marched to the top of the world. As they stood where no man had ever stood, in the thinnest of air on the 29,035-foot summit of Mt. Everest, they knew that what they had just accomplished was incredible. But they had no way of knowing what it really meant.
November 24, 2002 |
Here come the holidays, and with them the season's usual bounty from the publishing industry: coffee-table books. Here are four new travel-related volumes that might make worthy gifts. "Planet Earth" is a book that strikes you between the eyes. Its lures are many, from the richness of the colors in these pictures taken from space to the thrill of spotting a familiar continental profile.
May 26, 2002 |
When climbers scramble to the summit of the world's highest peak, their last obstacle is a 40-foot rock face covered in ice--the Hillary Step. Before May 29, 1953, it had no name. Nobody had ever seen it up close, let alone scaled it. But on that day, a 33-year-old New Zealand beekeeper and his Nepalese Sherpa guide cut a line of footholds into the icy wall and dragged their exhausted, oxygen-starved bodies the final feet to glory. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay had become the first climbers to reach the 29,035-foot summit of Mt. Everest.