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Diamond Jubilee For Everest Mountaineers

Sixty years ago, on the morning of May 29, 1953, climbers Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest -- the first successful ascent of the world's tallest peak. Since then, many mountaineers have followed in their footsteps. Some have lost their lives in the attempt, while other adventurers have taken on additional challenges to set new world records. (15 PHOTOS)

A photo from July 3, 1953, shows pioneering Mount Everest climbers Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal in London after their expedition.
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A photo from July 3, 1953, shows pioneering Mount Everest climbers Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal in London after their expedition.

Statues in Kathmandu of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are decorated with garlands for the 60th anniversary of their 1953 ascent.
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Statues in Kathmandu of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are decorated with garlands for the 60th anniversary of their 1953 ascent.

A view of Mount Everest and the Himalayan mountain range
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A view of Mount Everest and the Himalayan mountain range

Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, 80, became the oldest person to reach the summit of Everest on May 23, 2013. Miura had undergone four heart surgeries before making the ascent, most recently in January.
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Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, 80, became the oldest person to reach the summit of Everest on May 23, 2013. Miura had undergone four heart surgeries before making the ascent, most recently in January.

Eighty-year-old Yuichiro Miura at the summit of Mount Everest
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Eighty-year-old Yuichiro Miura at the summit of Mount Everest

A woman wearing traditional ornaments participates in a parade in Kathmandu marking the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest.
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A woman wearing traditional ornaments participates in a parade in Kathmandu marking the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest.

Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner and New Zealand's Lydia Bradey, the first male and female climbers to summit Mount Everest without oxygen, celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first ascent.
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Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner and New Zealand's Lydia Bradey, the first male and female climbers to summit Mount Everest without oxygen, celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first ascent.

A Nepalese bystander watches a procession for Everest summitteers in Kathmandu.
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A Nepalese bystander watches a procession for Everest summitteers in Kathmandu.

Kancha Sherpa, a member of the 1953 Mount Everest expedition, and Amelia Rose Hillary (second from right), granddaughter of mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, wave during a procession for Everest summitteers in Kathmandu.
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Kancha Sherpa, a member of the 1953 Mount Everest expedition, and Amelia Rose Hillary (second from right), granddaughter of mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, wave during a procession for Everest summitteers in Kathmandu.

Nepalese mountaineer Phurba Tashi Sherpa, who has summitted Everest a record 21 times, takes part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
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Nepalese mountaineer Phurba Tashi Sherpa, who has summitted Everest a record 21 times, takes part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Participants in the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon get the race under way at Everest Base Camp.
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Participants in the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon get the race under way at Everest Base Camp.

Saudi Arabian climber Raha Moharrak poses on Mount Everest on May 18, 2013. Moharrak is the first Saudi woman and the youngest Arab to climb the peak.
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Saudi Arabian climber Raha Moharrak poses on Mount Everest on May 18, 2013. Moharrak is the first Saudi woman and the youngest Arab to climb the peak.

Indian mountaineer Arunima Sinha, who had her leg amputated below the knee after an accident two years ago, this month became the first female amputee to climb Everest.
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Indian mountaineer Arunima Sinha, who had her leg amputated below the knee after an accident two years ago, this month became the first female amputee to climb Everest.

Arunima Sinha during her ascent of Mount Everest
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Arunima Sinha during her ascent of Mount Everest

The first American team to summit Mount Everest in 1963
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The first American team to summit Mount Everest in 1963

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