Mountaineer biography

Over Autumn 2, 6 Red have been learning about mountains as their Topic. I’d like you to show what you have learned by writing a biography about a famous mountaineer.

Asia, Nepal, Himalayas, Sagarmatha National Park, Solu Khumbu Everest Region, climbers walking below Nuptse making their way to camp 2 on Mt Everest

Remember to include all the biographical features we have been using in English lessons; quotes, 3rd person and conjunctions/ adverbials to link will all be important.

 

16 thoughts on “Mountaineer biography

  1. CHRIS BONINGTON
    Chris Bonington was a author and a climber.
    Bonington first began climbing in 1951 at age 16. Educated at University College School in Hampstead, Bonington joined the Royal Fusiliers before attending Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and on graduation was commissioned in the Royal Tank Regiment in 1956. After serving three years in North Germany, he spent two years at the Army Outward Bound School as a mountaineering instructor.

  2. Tenzing Norgay 29 May 1914 – 9 May 1986 born Namgyal Wangdi and often referred to as Sherpa Tenzing, was a Nepali citizen Sherpa mountaineer.Among the most famous mountain climbers in history, he was the first individual known to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which he accomplished with Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953.Time named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

    There are conflicting accounts of Norgay’s early life. The account he gave in his autobiography, accepted for several years, is that he was a Sherpa born and raised in Tengboche, Khumbu, in northeastern Nepal. In an interview with All India Radio in 1985, Tenzing Norgay said that his parents came from Tibet, but that he was born in Nepal. However, it has also been suggested that he was born in Tibet, at Tse Chu in the Kama Valley, and spent his early childhood in Kharta, nearby to the north; according to this alternate account, Tenzing went to Nepal as a child to work for a Sherpa family in Khumbu.Khumbu lies near Mount Everest, which the Tibetans and Sherpas call Chomolungma, which in Standard Tibetan means “Holy Mother”, or the goddess of the summit.[11] Norgay was a Nepalese Buddhist; Buddhism is the traditional religion of the Sherpas and Tibetans.

    His exact date of birth is unknown, but he knew it was in late May by the weather and the crops. After his ascent of Everest on 29 May 1953, he decided to celebrate his birthday on that day thereafter. His year of birth, according to the Tibetan Calendar, was the Year of the Rabbit, making it likely that he was born in 1914.

    Norgay received his first opportunity to join an Everest expedition when he was employed by Eric Shipton, leader of the 1935 British Mount Everest reconnaissance expedition. As a 20-year-old his chance came when two of the others failed their medical tests. As a friend of Ang Tharkay (a Sherpa sirdar who had been on the 1933 British Mount Everest expedition), Norgay was quickly pushed forward, and his attractive smile caught the eye of Shipton, who decided to take him on.

    Norgay participated as a high-altitude porter in three official British attempts to climb Everest from the northern Tibetan side in the 1930s. On the 1936 expedition, he worked with John Morris. He also took part in other climbs in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. For a time in the early 1940s Norgay lived in the Princely State of Chitral (that later became a part of Pakistan on partition of India) as batman to a Major Chapman. Norgay’s first wife died during his tenure there and was buried there. He returned to Darjeeling with his two daughters during the Indian partition of 1947, and managed to cross India by train without a ticket and without being challenged by wearing one of Major Chapman’s old uniforms.

    Norgay received his first opportunity to join an Everest expedition when he was employed by Eric Shipton, leader of the 1935 British Mount Everest reconnaissance expedition. As a 20-year-old his chance came when two of the others failed their medical tests. As a friend of Ang Tharkay (a Sherpa sirdar who had been on the 1933 British Mount Everest expedition), Norgay was quickly pushed forward, and his attractive smile caught the eye of Shipton, who decided to take him on.

    Norgay participated as a high-altitude porter in three official British attempts to climb Everest from the northern Tibetan side in the 1930s. On the 1936 expedition, he worked with John Morris. He also took part in other climbs in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. For a time in the early 1940s Norgay lived in the Princely State of Chitral (that later became a part of Pakistan on partition of India) as batman to a Major Chapman. Norgay’s first wife died during his tenure there and was buried there. He returned to Darjeeling with his two daughters during the Indian partition of 1947, and managed to cross India by train without a ticket and without being challenged by wearing one of Major Chapman’s old uniforms.

  3. Edumd Hilary
    Edumd was born on 20th of july 1919 was in New Zealand.his family moved into tuakua(south of Auckland) in 1920.Hilary was educated to tuakua primary school then Auckland grammer school. He finished primary school two years early. He was a mountaineer. He became interested mountaineer while secondary school.he made a major climb in 1939 or reaching mount Oliver.Edumd joined the Everest expedition in 1953. In 1951 Hilary was part of British reconnaissance expedition.After climbing Everest Edumd climbed other ten peaks. He reached the south pole as part of the commonwealth
    Trans-antarctic expedition in 1958. In 1962 he was a part of a television show called “Whats my line?” In 1977 he was led jetboat expedition called “Ocean to sky”In January 2007 he trallved to Antarctica.

  4. chris bonington was an author,photographer and mountaineer who started climbing at the 16 .

    Chris Bonington was born on august 6 1934 in hamstead. He used to go university college in london.later on he had went hitch hiking in snowdonia while he was still at school. A few days later he had gone scotland for a holiday.

    chris’s sports teacher stated ‘chris was mostly good at climbing in my lessons’.

    later on, Chris travelled to england to educate at the royal military academy, sandhurst. A few days later he was commisioned in the royal tank regiment in 1956.He had spent three years in germany and was finding someone to climb the Alps and the Himalays with.

    At the end he had found someone to climb the himalayas with and that person was his olest son , Joe Bonington.

  5. A mountaineer author of a variety of books the first man on earth to reach both its poles and highest points- Edmund Hillary
    CHILDHOOD
    Edmund Hillary was born in Auckland, New Zealand,ON 20 July 1919.He regularly took out time for reading. He gained confidence after learning to box.In 1953 he went on a trip to Mount Ruapehu. He realized his physical strength and endurance there.Hillary’s first major climb was Mount Olivier. He followed the footsteps of his father and took beekeeping.
    FAMILY
    Edmund Hillary married Louise Mary Rose in 1953.They had three children.He lost his wife in 1975.In 1990 Edmund son Peter Hillary followed the footsteps of his father on climbing Mount Everest.
    EVEREST EXPEDITION 1953
    The expedition set up base camp in March 1953 , set up its final camp at the South Col at 25,900 feet BY Eric Shipton. But this expedition failed.

  6. CHRIS BONINGTON
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    Chris Bonington, the mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer, started climbing at the age of 16 in 1951. It has been his passion ever since. He made the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger and led the expedition that made the first ascent of The South Face of Annapurna, the biggest and most difficult climb in the Himalaya at the time. He went on to lead the successful expedition making the first ascent of the South West Face of Everest in 1975 and then reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985 with a Norwegian expedition. He is still active in the mountains climbing with the same enthusiasm as he had at the beginning.

    He has written 17 books, fronted numerous television programmes and has lectured to the public and corporate audiences all over the world. He received a knighthood in 1996 for services to mountaineering, was president of the Council for National Parks for 8 years and is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Berghaus.

  7. Tenzing Norgay

    Tenzing Norgay is a professional mountaineer. He has successfully climbed Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. Tenzing Norgay was the first to climb Mount Everest
    Early age of mountaineering
    Tenzing Norgay is a mountaineer who climbed Mount Everest Tenzing Norgay was a Sherpa ,a Tibetan people residing. He was drawn in mountaineering at a very early age. Tenzing Norgay also began working a trekking porter.

    Tenzing ‘s career
    In 1935, at the age of 19, Tenzing Norgay accompanied a British expedition to Mount Everest. The starting point of many mountaineering expeditions. He moved to Darjeeling , India. In 1952, Tenzing started to focus on achieving a lifelong ambition.” It has been a long road . From a mountain coolie , a bearer of loads, to a wearer of a coat with rows of medals who is carried about in planes and worried about income tax”.
    Attempts to summit
    Tenzing Norgay almost made it to the summit of Mount Everest before being forced to turn back. This had devastated and this made even more determined to succeed . Then on May 29,1953, Tenzing reached the summit .

  8. Tenzing Norgay

    Tenzing Norgay was a famous Mountaineer that conquered Mount Everest. He was the first individual to reach a summit.
    Early Life
    Norgay ran away from home twice in his teens, first to Kathmandu and later Darjeeling,India, at that time the starting point for most expeditions in eastern Himalaya. He was once sent away to become a monk, but he decided that was not for him and departed. At the age of 19, he eventually settled in the Sherpa community in Toonsong Busty in Darjeeling.
    Mountaineering
    Norgay received his first opportunity to join an Everest expedition when he was employed by Eric Shipton, leader of the 1935 British Mount Everest reconnaissance expedition. As a 20-year-old his chance came when two of the others failed their medical tests. As a friend of Ang Tharkay (a Sherpa sirdar who had been on the 1933 British Mount Everest expedition), Norgay was quickly pushed forward, and his attractive smile caught the eye of Shipton, who decided to take him on.

  9. TENZING NORGAY BECAME THE FIRST TO SUCCESSFULLY CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD, MOUNT EVEREST. HE HAS BEEN FAMOUS FOR HIS BOOKS ALSO MOUNTAINEERING ACHIEVEMENTS.

    Tenzing started as a Sherpa, a Tibetan people who lived in the mountainous Khumba region of Nepal. At an early age, he had been drawn into mountaineering, and was fixed on a goal of climbing the world’s highest mountain

  10. Biography of Tenzing Norgay
    Tenzing Norgay has established a reputation as a renowned mountaineer and one of the first to reach the top of the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest. Neither himself nor Edmund Hillary (his companion) would ever admit who summited first.

  11. Biography of Tenzing Norgay
    Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary were the first people to climb and reach the summit of M.T Everest. Although , neither of them admitted who had reached the summit first, so no one knows who was the true conqueror of Everest.
    Early life
    Tenzing was born in 1916 and discovered mountaineering at an early age , as soon as that happened his childhood dream was born: to climb Mount Everest, tallest mountain know to man.
    Career
    Tenzing was a Sherpa: a mountain guide assisting people with their expert knowledge on mountains. At the age of 19 he was a trekking porter and in 1935 he joined a British expedition to Mount Everest ( his childhood dream was activated again ). Another Sherpa said “ He was a lively young soul. Wanting to achieve the impossible.”

  12. Tenzing Norgay
    Tenzing was the first to successfully climb mount Everest ,which is the tallest mountain on earth. Tenzing Norgay was technically the first to the summit.
    Early age mountaineering
    Tenzing was drawn to mountaineering at an early age. Later on,Tenzing moved to Darjeeling in India for his starting point of mountaineering . He also began working as a trekking porter as his job.
    British expedition to Everest
    In 1935 at the age of 19, he accompanied to a british expedition. Tenzing Norgay took part in usuccessful attempts to get to the summit. He was working as a poter due to moving to Darjeeling. In 1952,he focused on achieving a long life ambition and working hard to prove that he can climb Mt Everest.”At the age of 19 I had married a sherpa, I was also chosen as a porter for my first expedition ”stated Tenzing.In the next few years, he took part in more expeditions than any other climber.
    Attempts to summit
    Tenzing Norgay determined himself to succeed reaching to the top of the mountain . Tenzing and other several mountaineers went on previous expeditions and had attempted the foot unsuccessfully.

  13. Tenzing Norgay-biography
    Tenzing Norgay was an author, a mountaineer and the first man to climb Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth.

    Childhood
    In 1916, Tenzing Norgay was born as a Sherpa, a group of Tibetan people beside Mount Everest in Khumbu, Nepal. At an early age, Tenzing was interested in mountaineering and dreamed of climbing the almost impossible goal of climbing Mount Everest. Later, Norgay moved to Darjeeling, India –the starting point of many mountaineering expeditions-where he began working as trekking porter.

    Expeditions
    In 1935, age 19,Tenzing Norgay accompanied many British expeditions to Everest but failed to reach the summit of Everest .Tenzing also went to join British , French and Swiss expeditions between 1935 and 1952.Over the next two decades, Tenzing took numerous unsuccessful attempts to the summit the mountain, exploring the mountains on the way working as a porter in the early years and later as a sidar ;the organizer of the day to day operations of an expedition. He established a reputation as a renowned climber.

    Everest
    In 1952, Tenzing focused on achieving a lifelong ambition, climbing 8,848 metre mountain, the tallest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest. Tenzing and Swiss climber Raymond Lambert (born October 18 1914) almost reached the summit of Everest after being forced to turn back, reaching an altitude of 8611 meters, at the time was the highest point a climber had reached at the time.

  14. Edmund Hillary
    A mountaineer, first man to reach both its poles of MT Everest and an author of many books- Edmund Hillary.
    Childhood:
    Edmund Hillary was born on 20 July 1919; in Auckland-Newzeland. He was a mediocre at school and was a very shy boy as well. He loved reading and daydreaming for his escape throughout class. He gained confidence after learning to box. During a school trip to Mount Rapehu, his first climb had been very interesting as he did his first ascent and descent. Because of climbing Mount Rapehu he realised his physical strength and endurance mountain climbing. After he followed his father’s footsteps of beekeeping.
    Family:
    Edmund Hillary married Louise Mary Rose in 1953. Louise stated “I was really looking forward to marring a man who had interest in mountains.”
    Louise and Hillary had three children. He lost his wife in 1975. During 1989 Hillary wedded June Mulgrew- who was the widow of his friend Peter Mulgrew. In 1990 Edmunds son Peter Hillary followed his father’s footsteps on climbing Mount Everest.

    Everest Expedition:
    In 1951, Hillary went on an expedition to Mt Everest, led by Eric Shipton. He was accompanied with George Lowe who was a part of that team. But later on the expedition failed.

  15. Tenzing Norgay was the first person to climb Mount Everest. He was a Sherpa residing in the mountain.
    Early Life
    Tenzing Norgay was born on May 29, 1914, Khumbu. At the age of a teen, Tenzing Norgay settled in Darjeeling, India where he was drawn into mountaineering. Soon when he was 19, he married a Sherpa. After marriage, he was chosen as a porter for his first expedition of Everest. A few years later, Tenzing Norgay took part in many other expeditions than any other climber.
    Achieving Lifelong Ambition
    On Tenzing Norgay’s 39th birthday, he reached Mount Everest after a few unsuccessful attempts. Tenzing Norgay stated “It was an honour being the first man on Mount Everest.” Tenzing Norgay achieved by being a lowly porter to a highly respected member of the climbing team.
    After World War II
    After World War II, he became a Sirdar and accompanied a number of expeditions.In 1952 Swiss climber Raymond Lambert attempted to climb Mount Everest but failed.
    He died on 1986.

  16. Tenzing Norgay was the first ever person to climb Mount Everest. No one ever knew who actually was the first to the top.
    Early life
    Tenzing Norgay was born on May 29, 1914 in Khumbu. As a teen, he ran away from difficult conditions and settled in Darjeeling, West Bengal and India. Having married a Sherpa, at the age of 19, he was chosen as a porter for his first ever expedition. As time went on, he took part in many Everest expeditions than any other climber.
    Achieving lifelong ambition
    On Tenzing Norgay’s 39 birthday, he was the first to reach the top of Mount Everest, but for Tenzing Norgay there was a special glory in this achievement. ”We look up. For weeks, for months, that is all we have done. Look up. And there is the top of Everest. Only it is different now so near, so close, on a little more than a thousand feet above us.” Stated Tenzing Norgay.
    After word war 2
    After a period of time, he became a Sirdar. During 1952 the Swiss made two attempts on the Southern Route up Everest when he was a Sirdar. He went on being a Sirdar of the British expedition of 1953 and formed the second summit pair. At 27,900 feet on the Southeast Ridge, they reached the summit at 11:30am on May 29.
    Tenzing Norgay died at the age 71 on May 9, 1986.

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