The route to Mt Everest was closed. Tibet and Nepal were only allowed one expedition per year. We
were very thrilled to go to Mt Everest. Shipton was named the leader but he was replaced by Hunt. I ( Sir
Edmund Hillary) had in mind to climb with Lowe but Hunt named two teams for the charge. I went with
Tom Bourdillon, Charles Evans and Tenzing Norgay. I therefore made a coordinated effort to forge working
friendship with Norgay.