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Run differential is not necessarily an indicator of grade of defeat.

And a well-played loss against a formidable opponent can be more noteworthy than a sloppy victory against a bad opponent.

In 1965, the first Indian climbers stood on top of Everest: nine of them, a record for any expedition till then.

On 22 March, the team reached the great glacial amphitheatre of Everest and pitched Base Camp (BC) at 17,800ft.

Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue once said: “Landscape is the firstborn of creation. How strange we must have seemed: separated, single human strays wound around ourselves….

Nawang Gombu, a sherpa with the 1965 team, had already summited with the first successful American expedition, in 1963.

“For us it was do or die that time; it was our motto,” says Ahluwalia, a sentiment that was stitched on the team’s rucksacks.

This time he had promised his wife that “there should be at least eight on top”.

Kohli, now 83, wrote a book on the expedition titled Nine Atop Everest.

To the ancient eye of the landscape, we must have seemed haunted.” This is what the early attempts must have looked like from the summit, as it observed indifferently the decades of Everest expeditions.

Stumbling, lost climbers, haunted by their repeated failures, roped tenuously to one another, desperate for clear weather or luck.

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