Climber and mountaineer Joe Brown (Photo: Eryl Crump)
ITAHARI: Joe Brown, the only living legendary climber to make a maiden ascent to the summit of Mt. Kanchenjunga has passed away.
According to Cathy Casey, the buyer of the famed Joe Brown-run climbers shop and a close friend this legendary mountaineer, Brown breathed his last on Wednesday night.
”I am very sorry to have to share with you that Joe passed away last night. He was a true legend and I feel honored to have known him as a friend”, lamented Casey in an email with RSS.
According to Ukclimbing.com, Brown passed peacefully at his home in Lianberies at the age of 89. Lianberies is a beautiful village of northwest Wales of the United Kingdom.
On 25 May 1955, Joe Brown and George Band had successfully scaled the third tallest peak of the planet Mt. Kanchanjunga from the Nepalese side. Charles Evans-led the widely popular 8586-meter-tall Kanchenjunga expedition team of British. George Band died on 26 August 2011.
Brown has written a famous autobiographical book titled ‘The Hard Years’ detailing his adventure life of both rock-climbing and Himalayan adventures. This book was published in 1967 from the UK.
Born to a family of Ardwick, Manchester, England on 26 September 1930 as seventh children, Brown has been bestowed with UK’s famed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) and was appointed as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Tshering Jangbu Sherpa, a famous Nepalese climber who has been twelve times above 8000 meters without oxygen and also guided Sagarmatha Measurement Team 2019, said it was a great loss for mountaineering world.
‘I am so sad about this bad news of the mountaineering community. He has contributed a lot to climbing adventure safety”, said Sherpa, also an instructor at Nepal Mountain Academy Kathmandu.