One Of The First Two Climbers To Reach The Top

Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay were the first two climbers to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Read this short biography of Hillary, as well as this interview with him.

Why do you think he tried to do something no one else had ever done? If you had become as famous as he became after his climb, would you have tried to spend so much time helping the people who live in Nepal? Or would you have just tried to go out and have a good time? Why?

What Would You Do?

David Sharp was a British mountaineer who became decapacitated on his way down from the summit of Mt Everest on May 15th, 2006.

David was found frozen, still attached to the fixed line, unresponsive, frostbitten, but still alive. He was passed by over 30 climbers on the morning of May 15th, 2006. None of the 30+ climbers stopped to help David on their way up the mountain. 9 hours later, on their way down, several climbers stopped to attempt to revive him. Sherpa Dawa spent over an hour attempting to get David onto his feet. It was too late for David. He was left where we lay and the climbers continued down to life leaving David there with death.

If you were a climber and saw someone dying, what would you do? Why?

Would You Climb Mount Everest?

Please type your “ABC” response to this question in the comments section of this post.

Then, please respond to two-or-three of the “ABC” paragraphs written by your classmates.


Do you agree or disagree with their choice to climb or not to climb?

Why? (Please make a connection to your personal experience, a text, or a movie when you explain why).