Edmund Hillary

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Germany’s Boris Becker  kisses the  trophy to celebrate  his victory over  South Africa’s Kevin Curren in the 1985 Wimbledon final. Photograph:  Steve Powell/Allsport/Getty Images

As a Bruce Springsteen devotee, it’s likely that Kevin Curren was aware of how lengthy his concerts tend to be, some of them even nudging past the fou(...)

In action for Team Ireland in 2016, Ronan McLaughlin has broken the world record for the fastest ascent on a bicycle up the height of Mount Everest. File photograph: Inpho

Some said it couldn’t be conquered, not so fast anyway, but Irish rider Ronan McLaughlin has broken the world record for the fastest ascent on a bicyc(...)

The special machine for detecting tumours will cost €450,000. Photograph: Getty Images

“Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain,” the conqueror of Everest, Edmund Hillary once declared but a team of Co(...)

Ireland celebrate victory over New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s one mark of how far this Irish rugby team has risen that, during the desperate last moments of their latest win over New Zealand, many home suppo(...)

Even though there was no promise for us in the sky or in the weather forecast, no prospect of vistas or even colour, we had a very enjoyable day

Edmund Hillary once said that the reason we climb mountains was simply “for the hell of it”. And on a bleak November morning of elusive beauty, we far(...)

The peak of Mount Everest (centre), the world’s highest mountain at 8,848 metres. Nepal has issued permits to 371 foreign climbers this season, up from last year’s 281, each of which cost $11,000 (€9,800). Photograph: Tashi Sherpa/AP

Nepali sherpas have found four climbers dead in their tents on Mount Everest, officials said on Wednesday, taking the death toll on the world’s highes(...)

Mount Everest is seen from the village of Tembuche, in Nepal. File photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

Mountaineers have confirmed that a famous rocky outcrop near the peak of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making climbing the mountain more da(...)

British writer and historian Jan Morris, at her home near the village of Llanystumdwy in Gwynedd, north Wales, in 2007. Morris has had a long and distinguished career as a journalist and writer and published more than 30 books. Photograph: Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images

It has been a good year for British nonagenarians. Having celebrated their 90th birthdays in 2016, both David Attenborough and Queen Elizabeth were ce(...)

A small plane flying over the Aiguille du Midi. Photograph: Getty Images

The final stage of the Cosmiques Arête proves icy and requires care with route finding but, having traversed it previously, I fancy I know the way. W(...)

New Zealand’s winger Nehe Milner-Skudder  evades South Africa’s flanker François Louw  during the  semi-final  of the 2015 Rugby World Cup  at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary, the first man to conquer Met Everest For the ages. The greatest team of all time (...)

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