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August 6, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The most famous comment about the reason for climbing Mt. Everest was made by a man who never made it to the top. Or did he? That would be British mountaineer George Mallory, who replied, "Because it's there," when asked why he wanted to conquer the highest peak in the world. Mallory looked on his quest as "the wildest dream," and an absorbing new documentary called "The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest" deals with the climber's fate and his legacy in an unexpected combination on ways.
July 21, 1985 | DICK RORABACK, Times Staff Writer
You spend a whole lot of time just staying alive. --Lisa Coffey On the surface, the problem seemed insurmountable. The surface was Las Vegas, where Lisa Coffey lives with fiance Randal Grandstaff. The problem was spending a little quality time together. Randal, as is his wont, was about to leave on another business trip, this one lasting 3 1/2 months. Lisa thought it would be nice to join Randal for a month or so. Randal thought it would be nice too.
January 29, 1989 | STEVE BERKOWITZ, The Washington Post
Dale Brown says Chris Jackson is "a very unique man." "Somewhere along his life," Brown said this week, "the good Lord reached down and touched him on the shoulder. He gave him special skills and He gave him a special attitude." He also gave Chris Jackson to Dale Brown and Louisiana State University. And ever since, it has been Jackson who has been doing most of the giving. With this 6-foot-1, 170-pound freshman point guard from Gulfport, Miss., averaging 28.1 points, 4.2 assists, 3.
September 28, 1988 | Associated Press
A Frenchman reached the summit of Mt. Everest after climbing for 22 hours and 30 minutes, a record time for scaling the world's tallest mountain, Nepalese officials said Tuesday. Marc Batard, making a solo climb without oxygen gear, also became the first person to climb Everest in under 24 hours, according to the Nepalese Tourism Ministry. Batard left a base camp at the 17,385-foot elevation at 5 p.m. Sunday and reached the 29,028-foot summit at 3:30 p.m. Monday, it said.
May 16, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A New Zealand climber who had lost part of both legs to frostbite became the first double amputee to conquer Mt. Everest, despite breaking one of his artificial limbs during the ascent. Mark Inglis, 47, called his wife, Anne, in New Zealand to tell her he was on the 29,035-foot summit of the world's highest mountain. Inglis repaired the broken artificial leg about 21,000 feet up.
September 15, 1988 | Reuters
A lone Frenchman attempting the fastest ascent of Mt. Everest gave up today, 330 feet below the summit of the world's highest mountain. Exhaustion and bad weather forced Marc Batard, 36, to turn back 23 hours after beginning his climb from a base camp at 17,400 feet, the Nepal Tourism Ministry said. The climber, a mountain guide from Megeve, France, near Mt. Blanc, was not using oxygen during his ascent.
September 23, 1988 | United Press International
The Northwest American Everest Expedition plans to move out Saturday from its base camp more than halfway up the world's highest peak in anticipation of reaching the summit next week, a Seattle spokesman said today. Dan McConnell reported the eight-member team hopes to send three people to the summit of 29,108-foot Mt. Everest on Wednesday.
June 2, 2005
The 1933 event created worldwide news. Royal Air Force pilot David McIntyre and the Scottish marquess of Clydesdale, flying two open-cockpit Westland aircraft, became the first to fly over the summit of 29,035-foot Mt. Everest, the highest point in the world. Climbers did not reach that point until 1953. There were headlines again in 1991, with the first hot air balloon flight over Everest. But there was barely a ripple in mid-May when a French helicopter actually landed on the summit of Mt.
September 19, 1988
There is a postscript to the ascent of Mt. Everest last May by a giant Asian expedition that broadcast live to television stations around the world from the summit of the 29,028-foot peak. More than a dozen members of the 252-person, $12-million Japanese-sponsored expedition stood on the tip of the world at the same time.
May 8, 1999
Remarkably preserved and still tied to a climbing rope, the body of British mountaineer George Leigh Mallory has been found high on the Tibetan flank of Mt. Everest. There is evidence that Mallory fell, perhaps while descending on a bitterly cold night at more than 27,000 feet above sea level. But the major mystery remains unsolved after 75 years: Did Mallory, 38, and his partner, Andrew Irvine, 28, reach the 29,028-foot summit of Mt. Everest on June 8, 1924?
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