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Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Thu, 10th Jan '08 11:15 PM


I heard on this morning's news that New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary has died at the age of 88.

He and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach the summit of Mt Everest in 1953.
..What an amazing achievement!

In later years, this very modest adventurer led other mountaineering expeditions, and travelled by tractor to the South Pole.

After Everest, Sir Edmund led a number of expeditions to the South Pole and the Himalayas, and devoted his time to helping Nepal's Sherpa people who live in the shadow of Everest.

His Himalaya Trust raised about $US250,000 ($AU279,500) a year and he personally helped build schools, hospitals, bridges, pipelines and even an airfield.

He had also been High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

What a true historic giant of our times, we have been privileged to have shared his timeline.


Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Thu, 10th Jan '08 11:30 PM

Thank you for such a wonderful tribute, Bev. I had no idea that he had accomplished all of those awesome things. What a man! Salute!


Geophile  (Level: 167.0 - Posts: 1544)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 12:24 AM

I remember how excited I was to hear of his climb many years ago. He was an incredible man. Thanks for the tribute, Bev.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 5:21 AM

It's testament to the man that the famous (and only) picture of their first ascent is not of him - he took a picture of Norgay.

Was watching a news item this morning with Brian Blessed - English actor, mountaineer and general eccentric - who knew Hilary and has also climbed Everest. He put some perspective into what an achievment it was (and still is) to climb to the roof of the world.
Just before the actual peak at the top there's a false summit, a dip and then a narrow ridge to traverse before the final climb up.
Either side of the narrow ridge is a drop of 4 miles.
Straight down.

Is the hair on anyone else's neck raised?

Hilary and Norgay also managed to pitch a tent at 27,900 feet. Or just a little below what a passenger jet cruises at.
And, in case we forget, that altitude is called The Death Zone - not just because it's a long way down, but because there's so little oxygen that your body actually begins to die.

Mountaineers are crazy.

Surreyman  (Level: 272.1 - Posts: 2771)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 5:24 AM

Yep - I'll always remember the Everest news coming through - right on Coronation Day - marvellous!
A true gentleman of the mountains, with all modesty.
He long continued to help the Nepalese, even after he lost his wife and daughter in an air crash out there whilst doing it.
He was one of the major influences that led me into my own climbing days. I still have his autobiography.
Very sad day for me.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 5:29 AM

Posting Bushy's link in case it gets lost -

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 5:57 AM

Sherpas mourn Hillary as 'second father'

Down to earth hero of the Himalayas

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 10:19 AM

Oops! Wrong Hillary. Stop the party!

Bigbird  (Level: 248.9 - Posts: 3337)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 2:47 PM

It never actually occurred to me that Hilary was still alive. Ah well. I won't even go up onto the third step of a step-ladder. Cannot imagine how he did what he did!

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 8:28 PM

Is everyone named Hillary a "sir" ?

Leeze83  (Level: 35.2 - Posts: 70)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 3:45 AM

wow! i didn't think that this would be news in other parts of the world. all flags here are at half-mast until the 22nd. Sir Ed was the only living new zealander to be featured on a banknote... maybe i'll be the next !

Oldcougar  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 4:12 AM

Louise, you go girl

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