People, Aug. 11, 1958

At 10,000 ft. on the looming Bezingi Wall in the Russian Caucasus, British Mountaineer Sir John Hunt stepped onto an ice bridge, started across, fell with the bridge into space. After dropping 20 ft. out of a possible 150, he was saved by a projecting ledge and a "very smart piece of rope work" by the next man on the lifeline, Olympic Steeplechase Gold Medalist Chris Brasher. Returned to the relative comfort of Moscow, the 48-year-old captain of the 1953 Everest conquest counted this year's venture—the first British expedition to Russia since 1938—a...

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