Everest Climbing Gear—Then and Now
A lot has changed since the world's tallest mountain was first climbed in the 1920s, when climbers donned reindeer fur boots and rusty steel crampons. See the evolution of gear and local culture in this gallery, then learn more in
The Call of Everest from National Geographic Books. Next: See Sir Edmund Hillary's 1953
gear compared to 2012 climber Hilaree O'Neill's.
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