|BC033A||Extreme Endeavours - The Ascent of Mount Everest, unsigned||£50.00||Buy Now|
|BC033KA||Extreme Endeavours - The Ascent of Mount Everest, signed by Band, Lowe and Westmacott||£100.00||Limited Availability|
|BC033B||Extreme Endeavours - The Ascent of Mount Everest, signed by Sir Edmund Hillary||£135.00||Buy Now|
|BC033TC||Extreme Endeavours - The Ascent of Mount Everest, signed Band, Lowe, Westmacott and Gregory||£150.00||Limited Availability|
|BC033BA||Extreme Endeavours - The Ascent of Mount Everest , signed by Hillary, Band and Lowe||£195.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 29/05/2003
Issue Name: Extreme Endeavours - The Ascent of Mount Everest
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The conquest of Mount Everest was announced to the British public on the eve of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. This outstanding cover celebrates the 50th anniversary of both events. It features all 6 Extreme Endeavour stamps and is available signed by:-
BC033B:- Signed by Sir Edmund Hillary
BC033BA:- Signed by Sir Edmund Hillary, George Band and George Lowe
BC033KA:- Signed by Geoge Band, George Lowe and Mike Westmacott,
BC033TC:- Signed by George Band, George Lowe, Alfred Gregory and Mike Westmacott.
Mount Everest sits on the border of Tibet and Nepal in the central Himalayas. It towers more than 29,000 feet into the sky. It is the hightest elevation in the world. The Tibetans call it Chomo-Lungma. Mother Goddess of the Land, but in English it is named for the surveyor Sir George Everest. The extreme altitude at the summit affects a climber's physical and mental capabilities. As the body gets only one third of the oxygen available at sea level. It literally takes your breath away. There have been several attempts to scale Everest, but the first to overcome it's deadly challenges were Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal who reached the summit on May 29th 1953.
The news of the conquest of Everest came in on the Coronation Day n 1953 and Edmund Hillary was knighted by the Queen. Those who push the limits of human endurance in their quest to reach the most inaccessible places on the globe need far more than technical mountain climbing and sledding skills. It is the combination of geology, physiology, physics, meteorology, teamwork, motivation, risk taking, commitment and psychological skills that allows explorers to succeed.
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Sir Edmund Percival Hillary KG ONZ KBE was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest.
George Christopher Band OBE was an English mountaineer. He was the youngest climber on the 1953 British expedition to Mount Everest on which Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent of the mountain.
Wallace George Lowe, CNZM, OBE (15 January 1924 – 20 March 2013), known as George Lowe, was a New Zealand-born mountaineer and explorer.
Michael Horatio Westmacott was a prominent British mountaineer. Westmacott was a member of the 1953 British Mount Everest Expedition led by John Hunt.
Alfred Gregory FBIPP, FRPS (Hon) (12 February 1913 – 9 February 2010) was a British mountaineer, explorer and professional photographer.