90 Years of Everest Expeditions

The evolution of expedition kit and Everest

When you look back over the last 100 years it’s a rich history of human physical achievement. Whether it be endurance, speed, strength, agility, records have been forged and smashed countless times over. This year marks 90 years since the first British expedition to the world’s tallest mountain.

In celebration of the anniversary the Royal Geographic society are putting together an exhibition in central London showing some fantastic photography of early Everest expeditions which will culminate with the expedition of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary’s successful 1953 climb.

The exhibition will run between 21st October and 25th November and will be held at Hoopers Gallery, well worth checking it out if you are in the area this Autumn.

To whet your appetite the BBC have posted a small video featuring some of the photography which can be reached here.

It’s amazing to think of what it must have been like to attempt Everest back then with the clothing available at the time. In 2011 the vast technology for outdoor clothing and equipment is immense, catering for every eventuality possible to help keep an Everest ascent as safe as possible.

Metal framed rucksacks, woollen clothing, tweed jackets, It’s a far cry from three layer Gore-Tex membrane waterproof jackets, air flow back systems and sturdy mountain boots available to would be explorers of today. While ‘firsts’ are few and far between these days, it’s good to know that we now have the technology to do explore our planet with equipment that will protect us from the elements.

Some great, inspiring imagery to start the week.

– Brandon