27 February, 2021

'Everest Is Not As Big A Challenge As It Was 50 Years Ago'

Though he admits to altitude sickness these days, age hasn't dimmed the Kiwi beekeeper-turned-ace-mountaineer's enthusiasm for the mountains

Jitender Gupta
'Everest Is Not As Big A Challenge As It Was 50 Years Ago'
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Age hasn't dimmed his enthusiasm for the mountains, though he admits to altitude sickness these days. Sir Edmund Hillary, 83, the Kiwi beekeeper-turned-ace-mountaineer who, along with Tenzing Norgay, became the first to summit Mount Everest in 1953, is now part of the mountain lore. On the way to Kathmandu to attend the 50th anniversary of the first ascent, Sir Edmund dropped in at Delhi to attend a function renaming two roads after him and Tenzing. Excerpts of an interview with Soutik Biswas:

On the 50th anniversary of the first ascent, some 50 teams are queuing up to make it to the top. Doesn't Everest need rest?
I do feel that quite a lot of people who are trying to climb the mountain need a rest and leave the mountain alone for sometime. The accumulation of rubbish on the mountain over the past few years is very unfortunate. The newer expeditions are making an effort to clean up the mountain. This is a very good thing. But there's still much to be done. And every expedition should have as a part of its plan to make sure they take off the mountain...

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