14″ x 11″ photograph of Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay climbing Mount Everest in May of 1953, signed in the white margin below in blue marker “Ed Hillary” by Sir Edmund Hillary.
Signed at an official paid private autograph session.
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Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became world-famous after becoming the first men to ever successfully summit Mount Everest.
Edmund Hillary joined in Mount Everest reconnaissance expeditions in 1951 and again in 1952. These exploits brought Hillary to the attention of Sir John Hunt, leader of an expedition sponsored by the Joint Himalayan Committee of the Alpine Club of Great Britain and the Royal Geographic Society to make the assault on Everest in 1953.
The expedition reached the South Peak on May, but all but two of the climbers who had come this far were forced to turn back by exhaustion at the high altitude. At last, Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a native Nepalese climber who had participated in five previous Everest trips, were the only members of the party able to make the final assault on the summit. At 11:30 on the morning of May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit, 29,028 feet above sea level, the highest spot on Earth.