Peter Maiden

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ANZAC Day on Mount Everest

When a catastrophic avalanche killed three of their party in 2001 the Australian Army Alpine expedition’s plan to conquer Everest teetered on the very brink of disaster. One of the dead was little Kathleen Hackett, only eight-years-old, and the Army brass, together with outraged Australian media, subjected the traumatised team to intense scrutiny.

The expedition continued, undertaking the ultimate human challenge, the conquest of the world’s highest mountain. The weather was appalling and the hand-picked Australian team was hit by illness. [click to continue…]