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First man to scale Mt Kanchenjunga Joe Brown passes away

Birat Anupam


Itahari, 16 April (2020) – Joe Brown, the 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 of 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 honoured to have known him as a friend”, lamented Casey in an email with RSS.

According to, Brown passed peacefully at his home in Lianberies at the age of 89. Lianberies is a beautiful village in 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. Kanchenjunga from the Nepal side. Charles Evans led the widely popular 8,586-meter-tall Kanchenjunga expedition team of British mountaineers. George Band died on 26 August 2011.

Brown has written a famous autobiographical book titled ‘The Hard Years’ detailing his adventure life in both rock-climbing and Himalayan adventures. This book was published in 1967 from the UK.

Born to a family in Ardwick, Manchester, England on 26 September 1930 as the seventh child, 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 8,000 meters, without oxygen and also guided Sagarmatha Measurement Team 2019, said Brown’s death was a great loss for the mountaineering world.

‘I am so sad hearing this bad news for the mountaineering community. Brown has contributed a lot to climbing adventure safety”, said Sherpa, also an instructor at Nepal Mountain Academy Kathmandu.