Swiss Everest 50th Anniversary Expedition 1952-2002

"Geneva – Everest 1952 – 2002"

Update 5/28/2002: Fiftieth anniversary of the conquest of Everest

28 May 1952

50 years ago to the day, a team from Geneva climbed to within 200 meters of the summit of Mount Everest for the first time

Geneva, 28 May 2002 – Exactly 50 years ago, Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, members of an all-Geneva expedition, climbed to within 200 meters of the summit of Everest without the aid of oxygen, for the first time. One year later, drawing on the Geneva team’s experience, a British expedition led by John Hunt, with Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay again, succeeded in reaching the roof of the world via the famous South Col discovered by their Swiss predecessors. Upon their return and amidst worldwide acclaim, they sent this message to the Geneva team: “A good half of the glory is yours”. 

"Léon Fleury crosses the famous crevasse in the West coomb" Everest 1952

photosã collection AGEC Hoffstetter

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