Farewell to a great man of the mountains

Mike Westmacott

Mike Westmacott

A firm bastion of British Mountain climbing, Mike Westmacott has sadly died at the age of 87.

Mike was part of the team that successfully scaled Everest, the world’s highest mountain along with Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

Mike helped to forge a path through the Khumbu icefall allowing access to the mountains upper reaches. Throughout the expedition he kept the icefall open to allow a steady stream of supplies to reach the climbers in the upper camps.

Throughout his life he remained an active member of the climbing community as both a club president and committee member of the Himalayan Trust in the UK.

Farewell young sir and condolences to his family, our thoughts are with you.

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