Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay： Climb Mt. Everest
The peak of Mt. Everest reaches a height of 29，035 feet above sea level——the highest point on Earth. Finally， the British were allowed access in the early 1920s. They mounted a number of full-fledged expeditions， including one in 1924 that claimed the lives of world-renowned Alpinist George Mallory and a young Oxford graduate named Andrew “Sandy” Irvine. Further attempts on Everest were stalled by World War II. But on May 29， 1953， two members of that year's British Expedition reached the summit： Edmund Hillary， a beekeeper from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay， a professional mountaineer from the Everest foothills.