Tenzing Norgay

Plan for safety ladder on Everest's 'Hillary Step' gains support

The infamous 'Hillary Step', the final obstacle in the ascent to the summit of Everest. Photo: AFP

It was the final obstacle, 12 metres of technical climbing up a near-vertical rock face which pushed Sir Edmund Hillary to the limit. Once climbed, the way to the summit of Mount Everest lay open. Now, almost exactly 60 years after the New Zealander and his rope-mate Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, stood on the highest point in the planet, a new plan has been mooted to install a ladder on the famous "Hillary Step", as the crucial pitch at nearly 8,850 metres has been known since it was first ascended. The aim is to "ease congestion".

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 2:43am

Fair play

The souvenir shopkeeper

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Schoolbag Sherpas

My 11-year-old daughter is in Year Eight and weighs about 32kg. Her schoolbag is new this year and on Monday morning, it seemed to weigh a tonne. 'You need a suitcase!' I said, not laughing, as I ran to get my camera - and the scales. She was running late, which is normal for a Monday, but she smiled as she tried to stuff a thick library book into the bag.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Molehill out of a mountain

My elder son was glued to the television more than usual the other day, watching a man wearing not a lot clamber at speed up an especially dangerous-looking artificial slope constructed in the name of extreme sports. As the guy reached the top and slid belly-first down the other side to claim a new record, my flesh and blood uttered a whistle of admiration.

26 May 2006 - 12:00am

Pick of the day

Little Cheung

Pearl, 9.30pm

Directed by Fruit Chan Kuo, this is the charming story of a nine-year-old boy weaving through the complexities of the adult world in Hong Kong and setting off unexpected consequences. He learns about the value of friendship and the pain of loneliness. (1999)

National Geographic: Surviving Everest

World, 10pm

27 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

A century in photographs

South China Morning Post photographers have raced to capture Hong Kong's defining moments in the years since the newspaper hit the streets. In this, the publication's centenary year, our researchers are trawling the archives to illustrate a forthcoming book celebrating 100 years of history as seen through the camera lens.

6 Jul 2003 - 12:00am


From the South China Morning Post this week in 1953

'You're my last hope,' wrote the itchy correspondent in a letter to the editor. 'I have lived north of Hong Kong for 40 years and never been tickled by prickly heat.'

24 Jun 2003 - 12:00am


The World Of Nature: Killer Bees - Taming The Swarm

World, 9pm

27 May 2003 - 12:00am

600 climbers jostle to scale the summit on Everest anniversary

50 years after man's first ascent, the peak is marred by worsening pollution

21 May 2003 - 12:00am


When Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay stood on the world's highest peak half a century ago, the two of them would have looked out on an utterly pristine wilderness. Today, the landscape has changed drastically. Dozens of teams line up along narrow trails, each jostling for position, vying for rope-holds and trying to come up with some novelty value to satisfy their sponsors.

11 May 2003 - 12:00am

The blessed one

TO THE SHERPAS, a group of Tibetan Buddhists residing in the Himalayas, no one can conquer Chomolungma, or Mount Everest.

For goddess Miyolangsangma grants brief access to her home only to those who climb with pure minds, love and respect, 'like a child climbing onto his mother's lap', wrote Jamling Tenzing Norgay in Touching My Father's Soul.

7 Feb 2003 - 12:00am