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Background imageClimbing Collection: Colonel Norton, at 28, 000 ft, on Everest, 1924

Colonel Norton, at 28, 000 ft, on Everest, 1924
Photograph showing Colonel Edward Felix Norton (1884-1954) climbing Everest, at a height of about 28, 000 feet, 1924. This photograph was taken by Theodore Howard Somervell (1890-1975)

Background imageClimbing Collection: 1922 British Mt Everest Expedition - Norton and Mallory

1922 British Mt Everest Expedition - Norton and Mallory
1922 British Mount Everest Expedition - Major Edward " Teddy" F. Norton (1884-1954) and George Herbert Leigh Mallory (1886-1924) at nearly 27, 000 feet. Date: 1922

Background imageClimbing Collection: Mallory and Irvine at the Second Step, Everest, 1924

Mallory and Irvine at the Second Step, Everest, 1924
Illustration showing an artists impression of George Leigh Mallory (top) and Andrew Irvine climbing up the Second Step on Everest, 1924

Background imageClimbing Collection: Hillary and Tensing Bhutia conquering Everest

Hillary and Tensing Bhutia conquering Everest
Front cover of The Illustrated London News showing Sir Edmund Hillary together with Sherpa Tensing Bhutia reaching the summit of Mount Everest on May 29 1953

Background imageClimbing Collection: Edmund Hillary & Tensing

Edmund Hillary & Tensing
Sir Edmund Hillary with Tenzing Norgay after their successful attempt to scale Mount Everest in Nepal on 29th May 1953. The legendary mountaineer died in January 2008

Background imageClimbing Collection: Everest 1924 Group

Everest 1924 Group
1924 EVEREST EXPEDITION Colonel Norton, the leader (3rd from left) between Irving (L) and Mallory (R) the two climbers who died near the summit

Background imageClimbing Collection: Tropaeolum Speciosum (Flame Flower)

Tropaeolum Speciosum (Flame Flower), a semi-hardy perennial nasturtium climbing plant of the Tropaeolaceae family, with crimson red flowers

Background imageClimbing Collection: Consolidated PBY Catalina (aft) climbing away of Boein

Consolidated PBY Catalina (aft) climbing away of Boeing built PB2B-2

Background imageClimbing Collection: Annie Peck masked and dressed for climbing

Annie Peck masked and dressed for climbing
Annie Smith Peck (October 19, 1850 July 18, 1935), American mountaineer pictured in her climbing outfit at the time she had scaled Mount Huascan

Background imageClimbing Collection: LCC-LFB Serious house fire in Notting Hill

LCC-LFB Serious house fire in Notting Hill
Firefighters using the 50 foot wheeled escape ladder to gain access to the upper floors of this terraced house affected by a serious blaze in Notting Hill, West London

Background imageClimbing Collection: Dorothy Pilley, English climber in Glacier National Park

Dorothy Pilley, English climber in Glacier National Park
Dorothy Pilley Richards (1894 - 1986) was a prominent female mountaineer. She began climbing in Wales and joined the Fell and Rock Climbing Club

Background imageClimbing Collection: Hillary and Tensing on Mount Everest

Hillary and Tensing on Mount Everest
Hillary and Tensing nearing the summit of Mount Everest. Date: 1953

Background imageClimbing Collection: LCC-LFB Recruit fireman training at Brigade HQ, SE1

LCC-LFB Recruit fireman training at Brigade HQ, SE1
During the 1950s recruit firefighters were trained at the Brigade Headquarters, Lambeth. Here a fireman is undertaking a hook ladder drill on the stations nine-storey drill tower

Background imageClimbing Collection: LCC-LFB Recruit firefighters training at Brigade HQ SE1

LCC-LFB Recruit firefighters training at Brigade HQ SE1
During the 1950s recruit firefighters were trained at the Brigade Headquarters in Lambeth. Here they are undertaking hook ladder drills on the stations nine-storey drill tower

Background imageClimbing Collection: Dr. Beebe climbing out of his bathysphere, August 1934

Dr. Beebe climbing out of his bathysphere, August 1934
Photograph of Dr. William Beebe and his two-ton iron bathysphere off St. George, Bermuda, 11th August 1934. Dr. Beebe and his photographer, Otis Barton

Background imageClimbing Collection: The Gymnasium - Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Devon

The Gymnasium - Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Devon
circa 1910s

Background imageClimbing Collection: Napes Needle

Napes Needle
Rock climbers larking about on Napes Needle, Great Gable, Lake District, Cumbria, England. Date: 1950s

Background imageClimbing Collection: Eiger Ascent 1938

Eiger Ascent 1938
A report of the succesful ascent of the north face of the Eiger by an Austro-German expedition - Heckmeier and Vorg from Munich and Kasparek and Harrer from Vienna

Background imageClimbing Collection: Tarot Card 10 - La Roue de Fortune (The Wheel of Fortune)

Tarot Card 10 - La Roue de Fortune (The Wheel of Fortune)

Background imageClimbing Collection: Poster for Ovo Sports Food

Poster for Ovo Sports Food
Advertising poster for Ovo Sport, a special food developed to provide nourishment during sport and training. The tagline claims Instant Fortification

Background imageClimbing Collection: Glasgow Fire Drill Competition, Scotland

Glasgow Fire Drill Competition, Scotland
The Springburn team of firemen participating in a fire drill competition in Glasgow, Scotland. circa 1911

Background imageClimbing Collection: Italian Alpini climbing Monte Adamello

Italian Alpini climbing Monte Adamello
Italian Alpini troops forming a zig-zag line as they ascend Monte Adamello during their Alpine struggle against the Austrians in World War I

Background imageClimbing Collection: To the Girls in Navy Blue by William Barribal

To the Girls in Navy Blue by William Barribal
A wren climbing up a ladder in a harbour revealing stocking tops in the process

Background imageClimbing Collection: Ascent Mont Blanc - 4

Ascent Mont Blanc - 4
THE ASCENT OF MONT BLANC Reaching the summit: during this final stage, each step takes ten minutes Date: 1855

Background imageClimbing Collection: Dorian Gray / Wilde / Books

Dorian Gray / Wilde / Books
Dorian goes upstairs to the locked room where his portrait is kept

Background imageClimbing Collection: American firefighters in London WWII

American firefighters in London WWII
American soldiers on duty with the London Fire Brigade practice British Fire Fighting techniques including climbing up steel turn table ladder

Background imageClimbing Collection: Climbers on Chomolhari, Bhutan, May 1937

Climbers on Chomolhari, Bhutan, May 1937
Photograph showing two climbers on the 24, 000 ft. Himalayan mountain Chomolhari, near Phari Dzong, Bhutan, 20th May 1937. The photograph, taken by F. Spencer Chapman, shows C.E

Background imageClimbing Collection: Bewick / Margay

Bewick / Margay
(Felix wiedi) a nocturnal cat with exceptional climbing ability, able to hang from a bough with one paw

Background imageClimbing Collection: The Queens House Ghost on the Tulip Staircase. In 1966

The Queens House Ghost on the Tulip Staircase. In 1966, a retired Canadian Reverend and his wife visited the Queens House, Greenwich, London

Background imageClimbing Collection: Clematis Montana Rubens

Clematis Montana Rubens, a hardy climbing plant of the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, with pink flowers. Seen here growing up the side of a house

Background imageClimbing Collection: Ghost on the Tulip Staircase of the Queens House

Ghost on the Tulip Staircase of the Queens House
Figure photographed on the Tulip Staircase of the Queens House, though photographer saw nothing; during normal opening hours of the Museum - (a digitally restored version of image 10003710)

Background imageClimbing Collection: Girl climbing tree, line of washing, Balham, SW London

Girl climbing tree, line of washing, Balham, SW London
A girl climbs a tree under a line of washing in the Zennor Road area of Balham, SW London. Date: circa 1961

Background imageClimbing Collection: LCC-LFB Recruit firemen training at Brigade HQ, SE1

LCC-LFB Recruit firemen training at Brigade HQ, SE1
During the 1950s recruit firefighters were trained at the Brigade Headquarters, Lambeth. Here the recruit squad are rescuing by carrying down on the 50 foot wheeled escape ladder pitched to the third

Background imageClimbing Collection: Council Flats, Sheffield

Council Flats, Sheffield
Boys play on a climbing frame outside blocks of council flats on the Parkhill Estate, Sheffield

Background imageClimbing Collection: The Key to the Moon by Florence Mary Anderson

The Key to the Moon by Florence Mary Anderson
Enchanting illustration showing a small child climbing a ladder to unlock a small door in the moon while a group of fairies and elves hover around in the starlit sky. circa 1920

Background imageClimbing Collection: Stylidium scandens, climbing trigger plant

Stylidium scandens, climbing trigger plant
Plate 82 from Botanical Drawings from Australia (1801) by Ferdinand L Bauer (1760-1826)

Background imageClimbing Collection: Lady climber crossing a crevasse in the Alps

Lady climber crossing a crevasse in the Alps, Victorian period

Background imageClimbing Collection: Climbing the Great Pyramid, Egypt, Victorian period

Climbing the Great Pyramid, Egypt, Victorian period

Background imageClimbing Collection: The Motor Picture Book, The Finish of a Hill-Climbing Test

The Motor Picture Book, The Finish of a Hill-Climbing Test Date: 1930

Background imageClimbing Collection: Storming of Le Quesnoy by New Zealand troops, 1918, Matania

Storming of Le Quesnoy by New Zealand troops, 1918, Matania
The storming of Le Quesnoy by New Zealand troops on 4 November 1918. The soldiers, led by two second lieutenants, the men climbed up a ladder against the ramparts

Background imageClimbing Collection: Collecting Eggs at Flamborough Head

Collecting Eggs at Flamborough Head
Collecting seagulls eggs at Flamborough Head, Yorkshire. A traditional practice for farmers whose land adjoined the cliff edge

Background imageClimbing Collection: Dog up a Ladder

Dog up a Ladder
One of Mrs. L. Goodwins (of All Saints Avenue, Kent, England) clever German Shepherd (Alsatian) dogs, up a ladder! Date: early 1930s

Background imageClimbing Collection: The Barbarine - first climbed 1905 - Germany

The Barbarine - first climbed 1905 - Germany
The Barbarine - the best-known, free-standing rock formation in the German part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The pinnacle is the symbol of Saxon Switzerland

Background imageClimbing Collection: Anti-Aircraft Gun on USS Texas, 1916

Anti-Aircraft Gun on USS Texas, 1916
Photograph showing American seamen climbing up the tower of the new anti-aircraft gun on the US battleship Texas, 1916

Background imageClimbing Collection: Climbers on the Pillar Rock, Ennerdale, Cumbria, 1912

Climbers on the Pillar Rock, Ennerdale, Cumbria, 1912
Photograph of two climbers tackling the North-East face of the Pillar Rock, Ennerdale in Cumbria, 1912. In this image, one can see the climbing equipment of the day; which appears to amount to stout

Background imageClimbing Collection: Ascent Mont Blanc - 3

Ascent Mont Blanc - 3
THE ASCENT OF MONT BLANC One of the most difficult parts of the climb - the snow turns to ice and the climbers must cut foot-holes in order to retain a footing

Background imageClimbing Collection: Concrete Transporter

Concrete Transporter
A builder climbing into a ready-mix concrete transporter lorry

Background imageClimbing Collection: Tarot Card 10 - La Roue de Fortune (The Wheel of Fortune)

Tarot Card 10 - La Roue de Fortune (The Wheel of Fortune)



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