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Russian daredevil sets BASE jump record on Mount Everest

MOSCOW, May 30 (UPI) -- A Russian daredevil donned a wing suit and jumped off the north face of Mount Everest in China to set a record for the world's highest BASE jump.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
By United Press International

George Lowe, on 1953 Everest climb, dies

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, March 22 (UPI) -- Mountaineer George Lowe, the last surviving member of the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, was hailed as an "unsung hero" by a New Zealand colleague.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
By United Press International

Hillary's family plans private remembrance

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The family of the late Sir Edmund Hillary plans to spend the first anniversary of his death in private remembrance at his favorite New Zealand beach.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 29, 2008.
By United Press International

Edmund Hillary's cremains scattered at sea

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- The ashes of Sir Edmund Hillary were scattered at sea in the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland, New Zealand, according to the adventurer's wishes, his family said.

Airport to be named after Everest climbers

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Lukla, the airstrip near the foot of Mount Everest, is to be named after the first conquerors of the world's tallest peak in Nepal's Himalayan range.

Royal family no-shows at Hillary funeral

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- No member of the British royal family plans to attend the state funeral in New Zealand for Sir Edmund Hillary, the first climber to scale Mount Everest.

Hillary's death marked in online auctions

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The death of Sir Edmund Hillary, the most famous New Zealander ever, has been marked by the appearance of memorabilia in online auction sites.

Sir Edmund Hillary to have state funeral

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A state funeral will be held for Sir Edmund Hillary, the New Zealander who gained international fame by being the first to climb Mount Everest.

'Colossus' Edmund Hillary dies

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Edmund Hillary, who climbed to international fame as a member of the first climbing party to scale Mount Everest, died Thursday in New Zealand at age 88.

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Climbers re-create 1924 Mount Everest trek

KATHMANDU, Nepal, June 4 (UPI) -- An international team of mountain climbers is re-creating a climb that claimed two noted adventurers on Mount Everest on the Nepal-China border in 1924.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Tuesday, May 29, 2007.
By United Press International
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Padma Bhushan, Supradipta-Manyabara-Nepal-Tara Tenzing Norgay, GM (late May 1914 – 9 May 1986) born Namgyal Wangdi and often referred to as Sherpa Tenzing, was a Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer. Among the most famous mountain climbers in history, he was one of the first two individuals known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest, which he accomplished with Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. He was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

There are conflicting accounts of his early life. The account that he gave in his first autobiography, accepted for several years, is that he was a Sherpa born and brought up in Tengboche, Khumbu in northeastern Nepal. However more recent research has led to the claim that he was born a Tibetan in Kharta valley, Tibet, but his family were left destitute when their yaks were killed by disease, and he was sold as a bonded servant to a Sherpa family in Thamel in Nepal.

Khumbu lies near Mount Everest, which the Tibetans and Sherpas call Chomolungma which in Tibetan means Mother Goddess of the Earth. He was a Buddhist, the traditional religion of the Sherpas and Tibetans.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Tenzing Norgay."
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