Thursday, January 10, 2008

Sir Edmund Hillary 1919-2008

I'm saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first men to summit Mt. Everest, along with Tenzing Norgay.

The Times has a good piece on Hillary: Everest Conquerer Sir Edmund Hillary Dies. has a look at the tragedies in Hillary's life, and there were many: The Dark Shadow Over Sir Edmund's Life.

The New York Times sets the scene and displays why Everest seemed impossible and why Hillary's achievement was so grand: Sir Edmund Hillary. shows why he was so revered among New Zealanders: Sir Edmund Hillary Passes Away.

What struck me in reading these articles was how humble Hillary was. He never repeated his summit. Instead he spent years working to improve the lives of the Nepalese. He answered to simply "Ed".

When he returned from the summit, his first words were "Well George, we finally knocked the bastard off."

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