Wednesday is the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of the world's highest mountain. On the morning of May 29, 1953, New Zealand's Sir Edmund Hillary along with Nepal's Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to conquer Mt Everest. They were given a hero's welcome when they returned from the the 8,850-metre peak. Born in Auckland on July 20, 1919, Hillary led an uneventful life as a beekeeper until he achieved his Everest triumph at the age of 33.moreless
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