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Climbers mark 60th anniversary

31 May 2013 09:14

Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world

Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world

Mountaineers past and present have descended on London to mark the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary's historic ascent of Mount Everest. They were set to join the sons of the first men to reach the 29,028ft (8,848 metres) summit at the signing of a newly released book on the expedition.

Sir Edmund and Tenzing Norgay made it to the top of Everest on 29 May 1953, paving the way for thousands of others to follow in their footsteps. Even the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be celebrating the anniversary at a separate reception at the Royal Geographical Society.

Kenton Cool, who earlier this month became the first person to scale the three peaks of Everest's Western Cwm in one climb, will be present at the book signing. It was the 11th time the 39-year-old mountaineer reached the top of the world, describing it as "a dream come true". Other people also dreaming of scaling the famous peak must be sure to cover themselves with adventure travel insurance.