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Mount Everest

On Top of the World

On May 29, 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. Their success was a media sensation, coming after more than three decades of failed expeditions. Despite the numerous dangers—the climate and high altitude have extreme effects on the human body, evidenced by the numerous corpses on the mountain—Everest has become the goal of many climbers. By the early 21st century, overcrowding and inexperienced mountaineers were major problems.

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