In 1924, George Leigh Mallory and Andrew “Sandy” Irvine attempted to reach the peak of Mt. Everest, but it wasn’t until years later, in 1953, that New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay reached the very top of the world’s highest mountain.
Since then, countless others have summited Mt. Everest, and many others have died trying.
But there have been inspiring success stories on the mountain as well. Temba Tsheri reached the peak at 15 years old, just days before Erik Weihenmeyer became the first legally blind person to summit. In 2008, 77-year-old Bahadur Sherchan became the oldest person to reach the top. Some have even hiked from sea level to summit without the aid of oxygen; Australian Tim Macartney-Snape was the first to do so, in 1990.
Now, the beauty of technology makes it possible for all of us to share in the the payoff of climbing Mt. Everest, without having to put in the work. Here’s one person’s footage of the final climb:
A big shout-out to World Hum´s Eva Holland for finding this video.
Check out MatadorTV to learn more about John Krakauer and the disaster of 1996 and the dark side of Mt. Everest. If you want to tackle something a little more manageable, here are 8 massive mountains that mortals can summit.