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"Well George, we finally knocked the bastard off."

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Farewell to a great man of the mountains.

Rest in Peace, Sir Edmund Percival Hillary.
post #2 of 11
A legend, a gentleman and one who gave much more to this World than he ever asked for. RIP
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Truly a great human being, as well as a great adventurer.
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"Why do you want to climb Mt. Everest?"
"Because it is there."

Did he made Mallory's words become true first? Or did Mallory reached the top first?
We'll probably never know. It doesn't matter. They're toghether now.
Farewell.
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Did he made Mallory's words become true first? Or did Mallory reached the top first?
We'll probably never know. It doesn't matter. They're toghether now.
Farewell.
I read part of an interview with Hillary a few years back; the interview occurred when the expedition went up Everest to try and find Mallory and Irvine. At any rate, the interviewer asked Hillary about his thoughts on finding Mallory and Irvine and commented that there's the possibility that they'll find photographs of Mallory at the top and thus Hillary's "claim to fame" as it were would no longer stand. And Hillary responded: "Tenzing and I would still be the first to get back down, and I think that is equally as important".
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Agreed on that. I just wanted to point out that the question of who of them reached the top first, was and is irrilevant to me. They were bot great men in their own times. And that is enough.
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Agreed on that. I just wanted to point out that the question of who of them reached the top first, was and is irrilevant to me. They were both great men in their own times. And that is enough.
Well said.
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Here's hoping that, if there's an afterlife, Sir Hillary has found even higher peaks to scale.

What impresses me most about Sir Edmund Hillary was not his sense of adventure or his drive to realize the improbable (though they were something to admire!); rather, it was his sense of duty to Nepal, a small country to which he visited more than 120 times, raising ~$250,000 per year for charitous projects in Nepal.

Whether you view him as a caring man, a great man, or just a crazy adventurer, he will always be able to lay claim to the fact that he was first, but not alone.
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Where's the salute smiley?
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New Zealand is in mourning, an amazing man. He is the most respected and famous new zealander in our life time, and is being given a state funeral, which he fully deserves. I have never heard a bad word said abut him.

Some articles on his passing and his life 'Remembering Sir Ed'
http://www.stuff.co.nz/0a26512.html

an obituary that summaries his achievements
http://www.stuff.co.nz/4352019a26512.html

His humanitarium effortst for the sherpa communities throughout his life were huge. He built them schools and hospitals, the sherpas treated him like a god. He also made his mark on the Antarctic, being the first to reach the pole by motorised means, and helped establish NZ's Scott Base.
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Rest in joyful peace, Sir Edmund. Your greatness humbles us all and your humility is an example to us all. Thank you.
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