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Marking 60 years since Hillary reached Everest's summit

Dr Adam Booth at the top of Everest. Credit: Dr Adam Booth

Today is the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Everest.

A Midlands man joined New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese mountaineer Tenzing Norgay when they became the first climbers to be confirmed as having reached the summit of Mount Everest.

View of the summit peak from close. Credit: Dr Adam Booth

Sir Robert Charles Evans, a member of that group, attended Shrewsbury School, as did Sandy Irvine in the 1920s, who died trying to summit Everest in 1924 - his body was never found.

Dr Adam Booth, who also went to Shrewsbury School, climbed Everest this year, reaching the summit on May 12th.

View down the South face from near the summit. Credit: Dr Adam Booth

Dr Booth told ITV Central that whilst he was a schoolboy he was aware of the previous climbers that had attended the school before him.


Soldier prepares to climb Everest's "sister"

A soldier who's on an expedition to Mount Everest has reached the base camp of its sister Mount Lobuché.

Karl Hinett from Tipton is one of a team of nine injured servicemen who have been climbing mountains close to Everest, as part of their preparation.

Karl was badly-burned after his tank was petrol-bombed during a rescue operation in Iraq in 2005.

You can see more of Karl Hinett on our website and on the Walking With The Wounded website.