Everest 60th Anniversary celebrations

Photo Gallery by Noel Dawson – please click on each image

This week has seen many Everest ’60th Anniversary of the first ascent’ celebrations. The highlight was at the RGS, London on Wednesday 29th May, exactly  60 years to the day of the first ascent.

During the afternoon climbers and explorers such a Leo Houlding, David Hempleman Adams, Rebecca Stephens, Debbie Searle and Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton thrilled and enthused a packed audience including many school children to go, explore and have their own adventures. This afternoon will without doubt have inspired some of our ‘next generation’of climbers and adventurers.

In the evening Stephen Venables, Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott, Rebecca Stephens, Peter Hillary, Jamling Tenzing Norgay and Jan Morris spoke with great emotion, talking the full house through the first ascent in 1953, accompanied by slides and film from 1953.

The Queen and Prince Philip attended the event. She wore purple! Doug Scott jokingly commented that soon a Corgi might climb Everest – though he did this before the Queen arrived (so will not be heading towards to Tower!).

Jan Morris, the Times journalist at base camp in 1953,  closed the evening by giving a gripping account of how she foiled the plans of the world’s media to steal her story.  She used a simple but clever code in the telegram sent to London telling of the ascent – and sent it  just in time to coincide with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – or ‘ our damn fine Queen’ as Jan called her at the RGS on Wednesday! (She may well be heading to the Tower!)

It was a great day for those lucky enough to attend. The Himalyan Trust, Mount Everest Foundation and RGS organised a truly memorable day.

(Thanks to Noel Dawson for the use of his photos- some from the day and some from an event the previous evening)

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