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Old 31-01-2015, 12:07 AM   #394
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Tenzing OSN GM (29 May 1914 – 9 May 1986), born Namgyal Wangdi and often referred to as Sherpa Tenzing, was a Nepalese Indian Sherpa mountaineer.. Among the most famous mountain climbers in history, he was one of the first 2 individuals known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest, which he accomplished with Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953..He was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century..There are conflicting accounts of his early life.. The account that he gave in his autobiography, accepted for several years, is that he was a Sherpa born and brought up in Tengboche, Khumbu in northeastern Nepal.. However, it is also considered that he was born in Tibet at Tse Chu in the Kama valley and spent his early childhood in the Kharta valley nearby to the north. On this account Tenzing went to Nepal as a child to work for a Sherpa family in Khumbu lies near Mount Everest, which the Tibetans and Sherpas call Chomolungma, which in Tibetan means Holy Mother.. He was a Nepalese Buddhist, the traditional religion of the Sherpas and Tibetans..His exact date of birth is not known, but he knew it was in late May by the weather and the crops.. After his ascent of Everest on 29 May, he decided to celebrate his birthday on that day thereafter.. His year of birth according to the Tibetan Calendar was the Year of the Rabbit, making it likely that he was born in 1914...

He was originally called "Namgyal Wangdi", but as a child his name was changed on the advice of the head lama and founder of the famous Rongbuk Monastery, Ngawang Tenzin Norbu.. Tenzing Norgay translates as "wealthy-fortunate-follower-of-religion".. His father, a yak herder, was Ghang La Mingma (d. 1949) and his mother was Dokmo Kinzom (who lived to see him climb Everest); he was the 11th of 13 children, most of whom died young..He ran away from home twice in his teens, first to Kathmandu and later Darjeeling, in India, at the time the starting point for most expeditions in eastern Himalaya.. He was once sent to Tengboche Monastery to be a monk, but he decided that it was not for him, and departed..Tenzing took part as a high-altitude porter in 3 official British attempts to climb Everest from the northern Tibetan side in the 30s.. On the 1936 expedition, he worked with John Morris..In 47, he took part in an unsuccessful summit attempt of Everest.. Canadian-born Earl Denman, Ange Dawa Sherpa, and Tenzing entered Tibet illegally to attempt the mountain; the attempt ended when a strong storm at 22,000 ft (6,700 m) pounded them...

In 1952, he took part in the two Swiss expeditions led by Edouard Wyss-Dunant (spring) and Gabriel Chevalley (autumn), the first serious attempts to climb Everest from the southern (Nepalese) side, after two previous US and British reconnaissance expeditions in 1950 and 1951..During the autumn expedition, the team was stopped by bad weather after reaching an altitude of 8,100 metres (26,575 ft)..In 1953, he took part in John Hunt's expedition, his own seventh expedition to Everest. A member of the team was Edmund Hillary, who had a near-miss following a fall into a crevasse, but was saved from hitting the bottom by Tenzing's prompt action in securing the rope using his ice axe, which led Hillary to consider him the climbing partner of choice for any future summit attempt..The Hunt expedition totalled over 400 people, including 362 porters, twenty Sherpa guides and 10,000 lbs of baggage, and like many such expeditions, was a team effort..They spent only about 15 minutes at the summit.. Hillary took the famous photo of Tenzing posing with his ice-axe, but since Tenzing had never used a camera, Hillary's ascent went unrecorded. However, according to Tenzing's autobiography Man of Everest, when Tenzing offered to take Hillary's photograph Hillary declined – "I motioned to Hillary that I would now take his picture.. But for some reason he shook his head; he did not want it".. Additional photos were taken looking down the mountain in order to re-assure that they had made it to the top and that the ascent was not faked.. The two had to take care on the descent after discovering that drifting snow had covered their tracks, complicating the task of retracing their steps. The first person they met was Lowe, who had climbed up to meet them with hot soup..

On 7 June it was announced that the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II wished to recognize the achievement of Tenzing, and on 1 July 10, Downing Street, announced that following consultation with the governments of India and Nepal the Queen had approved the award of the George Medal to him.. He also received, along with the rest of the Everest party, the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal..Tenzing was married 3 times..Tenzing died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in 1986, at age 71.. His remains were cremated in Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling, his favorite haunt... we were fairly anarchic and fairly irresponsible, and we didn't give a damn about anyone else or anything else, and we just wanted to climb the world...

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