Sport: Now or Never?

Mount Everest is still there to be climbed, its 29,610-ft.* summit a standing challenge to all hardy mountain fighters, who cannot abide the thought of an unconquered peak. Twice in 1924, once in 1933 and again last May, pairs of climbers have struggled to within a scant 1,000 ft. of its top, but no one has made it all the way and lived to come down again (TIME, March 31 et seq.).

One climber who got within a bare 900 ft. of the goal last spring was on his way up Everest again last week. With five other Swiss Alpinists, Raymond Lambert...

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