• Short Summary

    Renowned mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary - who reached the summit of Mount Everest with Sherpa Tensing in 1953 - was in Katmandu, Nepal, Sept 7/8, as a succession of aircraft flew in from the Indian town of Patna to unload supplies of petroleum products and other equipment for his Himalayan expedition.

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    Renowned mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary - who reached the summit of Mount Everest with Sherpa Tensing in 1953 - was in Katmandu, Nepal, Sept 7/8, as a succession of aircraft flew in from the Indian town of Patna to unload supplies of petroleum products and other equipment for his Himalayan expedition.

    Sir Edmund is leading an expedition of 18 climbers for an assault on the 27,790 feet Makalu peak. They will climb without oxygen. Physiological research on high altitude survival will be carried out.

    Another main aim of the party is to search for the Yeti - known as the "Abominable Snowman" - reputed to be a half-man, half-beast creature. Before he left London, Hillary commented on the Yeti: "From the descriptions I would say it is about five or six feet tall, rather a hairy character with often a red tinge in the hair. And it walks upright on two legs. Nowadays any Sherpa will tell you he has seen a Yeti. And they seem to be growing taller."
    Members of the expedition will spend the winter in special huts at heights of 18,000 and 19,700 feet where acclimatisation experiments will take place. The result of the 9-month investigation will be studied by the United States Air Force Medical Centre, where scientists are working on "Project Mercury", designed to send the first man into space next year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEB721KLSJ5015V7PGYGS2WNKJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAEB721KLSJ5015V7PGYGS2WNKJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/09/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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