Himalayas - (Bottoms Up): It's been described as the mountaineering equivalent of carrying 15st in the Gold Cup.
"Never mind the 'five crates of whisky and brandy' found under Sir Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic hut!" a Royal Geographical Drinking Society sauces commented today.
"This latest find at the top of Everest shows Hillary and Tenzing were drinking in an exploration class of the very highest level."
The news has stunned gobsmacked sport statisticians who claimed Shackleton only buried his 60 bottles of scotch and brandy under the polar icecap because of an expedition oversight in the provision of a decent spirits cupboard.
The Hillary/Tenzing stash was uncovered close to the summit after melting glaciers revealed the 100 bottles of special edition Jack Daniels distilled for the 1953 trek.
"Call it a 20th century climbing tradition it you like," a Mountaineering Drinkers Anonymous spokesman explained.
"No self-respecting competitor would ever have been seen dead half way up Annapurna without the obligatory Jeroboam of gin, barrrel of whisky or vat of vodka, hic.
"We think the expedition's other 100 bottles may have been drunk at Base Camp One if the trail of empties is to be believed.
"Of course these days standards fall well short of expectation."
The Everest consignment will now be airlifted by chopper to the Royal Geographical Drinking Society headquarters in London.