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Skiing down Mount Everest

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 22, 2010

Forty years ago, Yuichiro Miura skied down Mount Everest.

“When I planned to ski Everest, the first thing I faced was ‘How can I return alive?’” he recalls. “All the preparation and training was based on this question. But the more I prepared, I knew the chance of survival was very slim. Nobody in the world had done this before, so I told myself that I must face death. Otherwise, I am not eligible.”

Miura’s exploits were the subject of The Man Who Skied Down Everest, which won the Oscar for best documentary.

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Norgay and Hillary not the first up Everest?

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 28, 2010

Efforts are underway to find and recover a circa-1924 camera from near the summit of Mount Everest. The camera may contain photographic evidence that George Mallory and Andrew Irvine reached the highest point on Earth almost 30 years before Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953.

From the archives: a panoramic view from the top of Everest. Still wow.