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Hundreds of strangers on Facebook have helped Hallie Twomey with her mission

Save our blighted Everest, says Hillary's best friend

Sir Edmund Hillary, the "quintessential Kiwi" who conquered Everest, wanted the battle against the ravages of global warming and tourism on the world's highest peak to be his legacy, one of his former climbing companions said yesterday.

Sir Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Mount Everest, dies at the age of 88

When a shattered-looking Edmund Hillary, descending Everest with his partner Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was spotted from Base Camp, it was assumed their mission had failed. The team leader, Colonel John Hunt, was so sure of disappointment he began planning another attempt at the climb that had defied the efforts of so many before them.

Rijkaard bears Barça's weight of expectation

The pressure of expectation on Arsène Wenger tonight is an easy load compared to what the Barcelona coach, Frank Rijkaard, is expected to deliver. Just one European Cup in the history of such a universal club is not what is expected.

My life in travel: Sir Ranulph Fiennes

'I spent time in Oman, and found it to be the loveliest place on earth'

The ultimate high-pressure job: surviving on the seabed

A RICH menagerie of animal life has been discovered on the deepest seabed in the world where the pressure is a crushing 16,000lbs per square inch.

Attenborough calls for Himalayas to get UN protection

Environmentalists are calling on the United Nations to give the Himalayan mountains special protection status in order to monitor the impact of global warming, which has caused glaciers to melt and increased the risk of lakes flooding the area.

Something To Declare: Everest, London buses

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Everest is seven feet higher than in 1954 - and it's heading north- east

MOUNT EVEREST has officially become harder to climb - by 0.024 per cent.

The Secret Of My Success: Rebecca Stephens

In 1993, Rebecca Stephens became the first British woman to climb Mount Everest. She is now a motivational speaker, writer and expedition leader.

Cricket: Spirit is with the virtuous Vettori

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