A: Technically, yes. Edmund Hillary was the first man to touch down on the summit of Mount Everest. But he certainly didn’t go it alone; he was paired with Tenzing Norgay, the “second man” to set foot on the summit of Everest.
Norgay was a Sherpa, one of the hardy mountain folk of Nepal. Like many Sherpa, he discovered that he could make a nice living guiding Europeans up the mountains of his homeland. In 1952, he led Sir John Hunt’s expedition to the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on earth.
But few remember Norgay’s name, because a New Zealander, Edmund Hillary, insisted on being the first person to stand on the summit. It took Hillary and company seven weeks to climb to the summit and three days to descend, though one suspects Norgay could’ve done better without the Europeans. In 2004, Pemba Dorji, another Sherpa, reached the peak in just 8 hours, 10 minutes!