Hillary & Tenzing Reach Everest Summit 11:30am May 29th 1953

Mount Everest from Kala Patthar

A special day to remember the people of Nepal and how we can help them.


On this day at 11:30 am 1953  Edmund Hillary and his climbing partner Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to achieve the impossible by reaching the summit of Mount Everest.

“we didn’t know if it was humanly possible to reach the top of Mt. Everest” – Sir Edmund Hillary

In 1978 Rohan, in recognition of the then 25th Anniversary of this fantastic achievement produced a very interesting garment the Rohan Everest 25. This was a limited edition garment only 500 were produced.

Each one sold with their very own certificate of authenticity and each jacket was individually numbered 1 to 500.

The Everest 25 had an outer of Ventile cotton and was lined with a wool pile. Read about the history of Ventile it’s interesting. The jacket, which was made in Blackburn, had pivot sleeves, four front pockets and a game bag rear pocket. The outer shell was very similar to the very first Rohan Pampas Jacket. The whole garment was treble sewn. Rohan was very proud of this garment. At the time it represented the best of the best with regard to fabric and zips. It also represented the best of the best with regard to eco credentials.

Do you have one, can we find one, are there any still in use?

It would be great if we found one with the original certificate.

A real collectors item!

Photo taken by John Cleare for the 1978 Rohan Catalogue see the complete catalogue on the Rohan Gallery




Rohan Heritage


  1. Sarah Howcroft says:

    Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal 2017 has been awarded to Peruvian engineer César Portocarrero . The award is given every year by the Nepal-based group, Mountain Legacy to honour not just Hillary’s climb 63 years ago, but also his work with the people of the Himalaya.

    • Actually, the recent announcement specified that Cesar Portocarrero has been selected to receive the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal, and that the presentation event will be in Kathmandu on December 11 (International Mountain Day) this year. The theme of the event will be “Science and Survival: Mountain Livelihoods, Recreation and Environments.” Prospective collaborators should contact me, Seth Sicroff, project director, at sicroff@hillarymedal.org.

  2. Sarah Howcroft says:

    Interesting article this morning from Outdoor Gear Coach

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