National Geographic : 1954 Jul
30 © R.G .S. and Alpine Club Icy Tombs Lurk for Those Who Lack Good Balance, a Solid Belay, Strong Nerves A Sherpa stands ready to anchor the rope around his ax shaft if his companion should tumble into this crack near Camp II. Till European climbers came to the Himalayas, Sherpas had shown no interest in ascending their awesome mountains. But, once caught up in the enterprise, they proved tough and game. Said Hunt: "Their cooperation in the essential teamwork of the whole party, their own individual performances, are beyond praise."