National Geographic : 1954 Jul
Kodachromes by Sir Edmund Hillary and Alfred Gregory (below) © R.G .S. and Alpine Club + Nepal's Thatched Villages Wake to the Tramp of Supply Train Porters The party found most fields still in winter's grip and no shortage of men to act as carriers for 3 rupees (63 cents) a day. A panther prowled about the camp one night, and a fight broke out between bearers armed with kukris (hillmen's knives). Otherwise the expedi tion passed in peace through hamlets like Risingo. + In Glacier-fed Dudh Kosi, Hillary Enjoys His Last Bath for Months Plunging into a similar pool in the Likhu stream the week before, Charles Evans was suddenly pulled under by the fierce current. Before Hunt and Edmund Hil lary could dive to his rescue, he bobbed up, was bashed against a rock and sucked down once more. Still con scious, he finally managed to drag himself out.