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Mt. Everest's Beauty Defaced by Garbage

On 29 May 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Years later Hillary recalled the mountain's "indescribable beauty." He said the great peaks were "glowing like balls of fire against the background of a dark velvet sky." Ten years later, Jim Whittaker, accompanied by Sherpa Nawang Gombu, became the first American to reach ...

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