National Geographic : 1955 Nov
© National Geographic Society + Everest, Dropping Guard, Unmasks Its Eastern Face in a Rare Show Six miles distant and 7,000 feet above eye level, Everest's summit marks the top of the world. Minutes later swirling clouds curtained the panorama. Sherpa Urkien halts in wonder on the broad, smooth slope of Pethangtse (22,060 feet). Canvas overboot, a recent innovation, keeps his footwear dry. Kodachromes by Michael Ball (above) and William Beaven + For Exercise After Climbing Mountains, This Sherpa Kicks a Football In the thin, bitter air at 20,000 feet, lungs strain for oxygen and any move drains energy. New Zealanders saved their strength. But the porters, Rugby enthusi asts all, missed no chance to kick the party's football up and down Barun Glacier. Even so, the robust hill men gasped for breath after any sudden maneuver.