Edmund Hillary, an Introduction





Hillary (left), Norgay (right)


Sir Edmund Hillary was a New Zealand mountaineer. He was born on July 20, 1919, and died from heart failure on January 11, 2008. He and Tenzing Norgay were the first to successfully summit the renowned Mount Everest. He is a New Zealand hero as he is recognized on the five dollar note, and has a 2.3-metre bronze statue facing Mount Cook. When he passed, all of the New Zealand flags on government, public and at Scott Base in antarctica were lowered to half mast. He isn’t eminent for more than his climb, he has accomplished great amounts in his life. He founded the Himalayan Trust, a not-for-profit organization focused on helping out the Sherpa people of Nepal. His journeys have also lead him to the  South and North Pole.


‘Sir Ed’, Statue of Hillary near Mount Cook


When I began this project, I wanted to it on a famous rock climber. Many of these athletes were very young, and didn’t fulfill the criteria for eminence. Following this, I started brainstorming, and came up with new ideas for eminent people, all of which were taken. Until, I thought about Mount Everest, specifically the first successful climb. That’s when I discovered Edmund Hillary. I first checked our document, and to my surprise, he wasn’t taken. As I researched more about Hillary, I found he was a lot more eminent than I thought. That’s when my choice solidified.


Climbing Mount Everest has always been an aspiration for me. Although, it is going to be a very difficult goal to achieve. Even the cost of over sixty-three thousand dollars(CAD), is a difficult hurdle to pass. I also don’t know too much about Mt. Everest, specifically about how one would climb it. I hope researching Hillary and Tenzing Norgay will teach me more about Everest. I also hope Edmund will teach me to believe in myself, achieve my goals and maybe find more interests for myself. I think I am interested in other things, and considering how much Hillary has done, maybe some of his interests are interests I have not discovered yet.


A comparison:


Rowan                                          |         Edmund


Male                                             |           Male


Canadian                                     |           New Zealand


Enjoys rock climbing and is     |            Enjoys

Interested in mountaineering  |           Mountaineering


Did not serve in any war          |                Served in World War 2


Agnostic                                      |                 Atheist but believes in

                                                      |               some Tibetan Buddhism





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