Marking 60 years since Hillary reached Everest's summit

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

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