Earl Denman

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Earl Denman was a Canadian mountaineer, who tried to climb Mount Everest in 1947.

His expedition was very different from the large-scale efforts by British mountaineers in the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s. He had little experience, having trained by climbing the much smaller Virunga mountains in East Africa; he was accompanied only by two Sherpas (one of whom was Tenzing Norgay, later to make the first ascent of Everest); and he had inadequate money, equipment and fuel. In addition, he entered Tibet without permission.

His attempt failed, without even reaching the North Col.


  • Alone to Everest, by Earl Denman
  • Everest, by Walt Unsworth
  • Man of Everest, by Tenzing Norgay and James Ramsey Ullman

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