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What:    Life Magazine July 13, 1953
Step by Step to the top of Everest
With Hillary and Tenzing


The cover


Hillary (R) and Tenzing preparing for the summit climb.
You can see the summit flags wrapped around Tenzing’s ax.


Hillary (L) and Tenzing part way up the Lhotse Face


Tenzing on the summit with flags unfurled
Photo by Hillary

At 11:30 am local time on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary, “... looked upward to see a narrow snow ridge running up to a snowy summit. A few more whacks of the ice ax in the firm snow and we stood on top. ... I looked at Tenzing and in spite of the balaclava, goggles, and oxygen mask all encrusted with long icicles that concealed his face, there was no disguising his infectious grin of pure delight as he looked all around him. We shook hands and then Tenzing threw his arm around my shoulders and we thumped each other on the back until we were almost breathless.”

Few dispute that the first ascent of Mount Everest was, and remains, the most momentous moment in mountaineering history. A war-torn society took a joyous tick upward, and Hillary and Tenzing were heralded as heroes. When the July issue of Life Magazine arrived, it brought color photos and the story of the famous climb into American living rooms. It sparked the imagination of millions.

In particular, this issue of Life, plucked from his parent’s bed at the age of 10, launched this website’s manager on a quest that took him to Everest’s summit 30 years later. Gerry descended to greet Hillary and Tenzing at the 30-year reunion festivities in the Khumbu. When Gerry told Hillary that he had just come from the top, Hillary asked, “What was it like up there?” Gerry replied, “Sir Ed, it’s just as you remember!” Hillary raised his eyes from the festivities and cast a memory infused gaze toward the summit.

This is a unique opportunity to own this historic treasure!

When:
December 4, 2014 —>
4:00 pm MST, April 30, 2015

How:
Incremental bids must be at least $20 higher than the previous bid.
The high bidder on the last day wins, and has 1 week to submit payment.

Who:
Anyone can participate; you do not have to be a member of the Highpointers Club.

Where:
The book will be sent via registered mail.

Why:
All proceeds benefit the Highpointers Foundation.
The amount donated is tax deductible beyond the ordinary value of the book; consult your tax professional.

 

THE AUCTION

Ends 4:00 pm MST April 30, 2015

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Our thanks to Stony Burke for the magazine


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