"My mother gave me an anorak tested by Tenzing Norgay"
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norway shaking hands
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norway shaking hands - Credit: Horowhenua Historical Society Inc./Wikimedia Commons

Tenzing Norgay was a Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer who shot to fame after he and Sir Edmund Hillary became the first two people to reach the 8,500 m summit of Mount Everest (the highest point on earth) on 29 May 1953. In honour of their successful expedition, he received the George Medal (GM) and the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal from Queen Elizabeth II.

Norgay continued his mountaineering career and, in 1978, founded Tenzing Norgay Adventures, which provided guided treks in the Himalayas. Norgay died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1986, aged 71.