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Dawa Tenzing
Da Tensing
(1907–1985)
Born and living all his life in Khumbu, Dawa Tenzing had memories of the disappearance of Mallory and Irvine on Everest in 1924. His expedition record before 1952 is lacking, but in his middle years, 1952–63, he took part in a series of expeditions—reaching the South Col twice in both 1952 and 1953, being sirdar of the 1955 Kangchenjunga expedition, and going again twice to the South Col with the Americans in 1963.
Retaining the Sherpas’ traditional pigtail, he made no concessions to modernity, and those who knew him held that he had a certain “presence.” He was a devout Buddhist and earned respect for his character and his performance as climber and sirdar, and affection for his wicked sense of humor.
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