The last rays of sunlight on Mount Everest on May 5, 2007. Photo Credit
My Quote: “It is not the mountain that we conquer, but ourselves”
Sir Edmund Hillary
Who was Sir Edmund Hillary?
Sir Edmund Percival Hillary (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008)
He was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist.
On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Mount Everest, also known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā and in Tibet as Chomolungma, is Earth‘s highest mountain. Its peak is 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level.
Following his ascent of Everest, Hillary devoted most of his life to helping the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded.
He was a very shy man, so I wonder if the above quote made a difference in his life also, I think it did as he had many accomplishments in his life.
A man to this day still has his portrait on the New Zealand five dollar note.
He was named one of the most 100 influential people of the 20th century.
An event I will never forget in 1975, was the death of his wife and daughter.
While on route to join Hillary in the village of Phaphlu, where he was helping to build a hospital, Louise his wife and Belinda their youngest daughter, (only six) were killed in a plane crash near Kathmandu airport shortly after take-off.
He remarried, June Mulgrewin 1989.
He is survived by a daughter and son, Peter Hillary also a climber, summiting Mount Everest in 1990.
In May 2002 Peter climbed Everest as part of a 50th-anniversary celebration.
I think what I consider the most important thing that Sir Edmund Hillary did was the founding of the Himalayan Trust, in 1960 and led it until his death in 2008.
Through his efforts, many schools and hospitals were built in this remote region of the Himalayas.
A man who not only conquered a mountain, but a name to be remembered worldwide.
He had a state funeral on 22 January 2008