Today marks the 60th anniversary of the ascent of Mount Everest by the hilariously named explorers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a trip that embedded the adventure bug in millions of travelers around the world.
Countless people (well, not countless, I just didn’t feel like researching the number) have attempted to follow in their footsteps since that fateful climb, many succumbing to the treacherous conditions on the mountain along the way. But believe it or not, climbing Everest has become much easier since Hillary and Norgay hauled their frozen asses up to the tallest peak.
For today’s anniversary, the Daily Telegraph has outlined several of these changes to the Everest climb over the course of six decades:
The experience of an Everest climb in 2013 is undoubtedly poles apart from that of Hillary and Norgay.
In their expedition, climbers hauled loads of nearly 44lbs each, with food including tinned fruit and sardines.
Today, adventurers enjoy lightweight, state-of-the-art gear, with packs sometimes weighing less than half of Hillary’s load, to help them in the arduous task.
They have swapped heavy steel equipment for aluminium equivalents, and canvas tents for modern, purpose-designed replacements designed to stand up to Himalayan winds.
Twenty-first century Everest climbers can even send text messages and make calls from the summit, using far lighter and more reliable technology than the heavy radios used by Hillary and his team.
Read the rest of the amazing article here, and be sure to check out the video at the source on the details of the original climb that brought Everest into the psyche of every hopeless adventurer since.