Reaching the peak at approximately 11.30AM local time, the men paused a short while to take some photos and bury a few momentos before descending. News of their success arrived in England on the very morning of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. As well as passing in mountaineering history, Hillary was subsequently knighted and Tenzing was awarded the George Medal.
The Student Union’s own AU Mountaineering Club keeps the spirit of Hillary and Tenzing alive through its admittedly smaller scale activities, while for those who’d like to know a little more about the activity (or simply want to look at nice pictures of other people doing the hard work!) we have, if not a mountain, then a reasonably-sized hill of books about mountaineering downstairs among our sports and physical education books on Level 2, including a variety of accounts of other Everest expeditions by mountaineers such as Chris Bonington. Why not climb down and have a peak – sorry, peek…?
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay pictured in Wellington, New Zealand in 1971, picture courtesy of the National Library of New Zealand, reproduced under CC License from Flickr