Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the 29,028ft (8,848 metres) summit of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953.
In 1951 some two years before this a small team including Hillary in the party made a Reconnaisance Expedition to Everest led by British Himalayan mountaineer Eric Shipton.
Shipton himself was later stepped down from the leadership of the 1953 Everest expedition in favour of Major John Hunt.
Click on the link below for a detailed account of this 1951 expedition as described in a Times Special Supplement from 1951.
On 9 November 1951, Shipton and Ward were on the Menlunq Glacier at an altitude of 18,000 feet when they discovered Yeti foot prints! The Yeti or Abominable Snowman is said to be an ape-like cryptid taller than an average human, similar to Bigfoot, that inhabits the Himalayan region of Nepal, and Tibet. Shipton photographed a number of large prints in the snow. Some argue they are the best evidence of Yeti’s existence, while others say the prints are those of a mundane creature that have been distorted by the melting snow.