Dawson Stelfox is the first person from Ireland to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He completed the climb on May 27th 1993, almost fifty years after New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepali Tenzing Norgay, reached the summit on May 29th 1953. At 8,848 metres (29,029 feet) above sea level, Mount Everest is the highest mountain peak in the world.
James Dawson Stelfox was born in Belfast in 1958. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution before entering the Queen’s University, Belfast. He qualified as an Architect and has worked on several major projects. These include restoration works on the Parliament Buildings at Stormont following a fire there in 1995 and the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.
The 1993 climb was the first Irish attempt on Everest. It was supported by Mountaineering Ireland and the Sports Councils in both Dublin and Belfast. Irish companies also helped to finance the project. The climbing party was led by Dawson Stelfox. The seven other members were, Frank Nugent, Dermot Somers, Robbie Fenlon, Mike Barry, Richard O’Neill Dean, Mick Murphy and Tony Burke.
Dawson Stelfox, who in 1993, became the first Irish person to stand on the summit of Mount Everest was born in Belfast in the year 1958 On This Day.