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Category: General Interest
Reference No: 8143
Status: Available
Price: £25.00
  John Hunt

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British military officer who is best known as the leader of the 1953 expedition that consquered Mount Everest.

As a child, Hunt spent much holiday time in the Alps, learning some of the mountaineering skills he would later hone while taking part in several expeditions in the Himalayas while serving in India. In 1931, Hunt returned to India as an officer in the King's Royal Rifle Corps. Upon returning to England in 1940, Hunt became chief instructor at the Commando Mountain and Snow Warfare School. In 1944, Hunt received the Distinguished Service Order after he rejoined the King's Royal Rifle Corps.

In 1953, Hunt was chosen as the leader of the ninth British expedition to Mount Everest and the first to make a successful ascent. Hunt selected two climbing pairs to attempt to reach the summit. The first pair turned back after becoming exhausted high on the mountain. The next day, the expedition made its second and final assault on the summit with its fittest and most determined climbing pair. The summit was eventually reached at 11:30 am on May 29, 1953 by the New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay from Nepal climbing the South Col Route. Hunt was knighted for his leadership of the expedition.

Sir John Hunt was one of the few Westerners who probably had an encounter with the alleged Abominable Snowman or Yeti of the Himalayas. One night, while camping in the Himalayas, he sensed the presence of a large animal near his tent. When he went out to investigate, he vaguely saw a large creature scurrying away. When later asked why he had not shot at it, he replied,"that would have been murder." On another occasion, in 1951, Hunt's team actually found and photographed mysterious footprints in the mountain snow allegedly made by the yeti.

This is a very fine casual colour photograph (5" x 3.25") of the older John Hunt, nicely signed in blue ink across a light area of the image. In very good condition.