National Geographic : 1955 Nov
© National Geographic Society 580 Kodachrome by Sir Edmund Hillary Across the Mists, Makalu Presents an Icy Challenge to Men Seeking Its Summit Exploring the Himalayas in 1954, Sir Edmund Hillary's party made 23 first ascents and reconnoitered 27,790 foot Makalu (right), world's fifth highest peak (page 596). Looking down into the wild Arun River, Colin Todd (left), Dr. Michael Ball, and their Sherpas stand amid charred stumps left by Nepalese foresters. Peak VI shines on the left. "This was one of our most dramatic views," says the author; "it made us feel small and helpless."