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National Geographic Weekend celebrates the new Age of Exploration by meeting some of the most celebrated explorers of our past. We chat with astronaut Buzz Aldrin about the future of space exploration, American Everest pioneer Jim Whittaker about the past and present of climbing on Everest.
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com May is the month that high elevation climbers focus on Mt. Everest and other high mountains of the Himalaya. Many have been planning for years and will be journeying to Nepal shortly to adjust to the elevation and prepare base camps for…
How tall is Mt. Everest? Actually, the answer to that question is trickier than it sounds.
At a White House Rose Garden ceremony on this day in 1963 , President John F. Kennedy presented the Society’s highest honor, the Hubbard Medal, to the members of the American Mount Everest Expedition. NGS staffer Barry C. Bishop, who had gotten frostbite during the climb, accepted his medal wearing white socks and a pair of sandals.
It’s climbing season on Mt. Everest, so let’s take a look back at one of the pioneers of that deadly mountain. Thanks to his fortitude and harrowing tale of survival, Barry Bishop became the stuff of legend around National Geographic.
The 1924 Everest expedition. Back row, left to right: Andrew Irvine, George Mallory, Edward Norton, Noel Odell, and John Macdonald. Front row: Edward Shebbeare, Geoffrey Bruce, Howard Somervell, and Bentley Beetham. In 1999, Conrad Anker discovered the frozen body of George Mallory on Mount Everest. For years afterward, he wondered about Mallory’s quest for the…