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« on: January 10, 2008, 06:19:30 PM »

EVEREST conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary has died at the age of 88. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced the news today.

Miss Clark said the death of New Zealand's greatest hero was a profound loss.

"Sir Ed described himself as an average New Zealander with modest abilities. In reality, he was a colossus.

"He was an heroic figure who not only ‘knocked off' Everest but lived a life of determination, humility, and generosity," Miss Clark said.

"The legendary mountaineer, adventurer, and philanthropist is the best-known New Zealander ever to have lived. But most of all he was a quintessential Kiwi.

"He was ours - from his craggy appearance and laconic style to his directness and honesty. All New Zealanders will deeply mourn his passing.

"Sir Ed's 1953 ascent of Mt Everest brought him worldwide fame. Thereafter he set out to support development for the Sherpa people of the Himalayas.



"His lifetime's humanitarian work there is of huge significance and lasting benefit.

"Sir Ed was not one to bask idly in celebrity. He drew on his international prestige to highlight issues and values which he held dear.

"His enduring commitment to and respect for the Sherpa people reflects the best of what we as New Zealanders can contribute, from our small developed nation helping another less privileged one.

"Sir Edmund established the Himalayan Trust in the early 1960s and worked tirelessly until his death to raise funds and build schools and hospitals in the mountains.

"The legacy of Sir Edmund Hillary will live on. His exploits continue to inspire new generations of New Zealanders, as they have for more than half a century already," Miss Clark said.

Sir Edmund's health had been in decline since April, after he suffered a fall while in Nepal.

Sir Edmund was the first man to climb Everest with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

They never repeated the feat and in an interview with Reuters in early 2007, Sir Edmund said the pair had discussed the possibility of climbing Everest again, but he felt there was little virtue in climbing it many times.

He is survived by his wife Lady June Hillary and two children Peter and Sarah.



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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2008, 06:58:41 AM »

I saw him speak once back in the early 70's.  A very impressive, energetic and likable fellow.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2008, 10:37:44 PM »

I've heard it said, without verification, that he was also a beekeeper.
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2008, 09:20:58 AM »

He was a part time beekeeper in his youth. He like the job because he work bees in the summer and climb in the winter.

Time magazine has an interview with him from 2003.
http://www.time.com/time/2003/adventures/interview.html

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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2008, 10:00:36 AM »

In the NPR comment on his death, they mentioned that he was a beekeeper.

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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2008, 11:07:56 AM »

Why aren't the sherpa's ever mentioned. They went w/ him(probably helped him onto the peak), and other probably other sherpas before him. He obviously recognized their contributions.
Does anyone know whether he used oxygen?
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2008, 12:23:51 PM »

Why aren't the sherpa's ever mentioned. They went w/ him(probably helped him onto the peak), and other probably other sherpas before him. He obviously recognized their contributions.
Does anyone know whether he used oxygen?
Actually the sherpa's are mentioned quite a bit. Tenzing Norgay was the sherpa who accompanied Edmund on his ascent. He gained quite a bit of notierity for being with Edmund.

They both had O2 tanks at the summit but they were running low that is why they could only spend 15 minutes at the summit.

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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2008, 02:30:25 PM »

I'm aware he gets mentioned, but was he made a knight for example. He isn't recognized as the first person to conquer everest for example. I'm not trying to diminish his(Hillary') efforts either, only feel bad for the sherpa's which are usually an asterik or footnote in history. Who was holding the camera for that famous picture for example.
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2008, 01:11:54 AM »

Tenzing was awarded the George Medal and the British Empire Medal for his efforts. He was lauded in Nepal.

In 1922, the medal was divided into the Medal of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for GALLANTRY (known as the Empire Gallantry Medal (EGM)) and the Medal of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service (BEM.). The EGM. was superceded by the George Cross in September 1940.

The BEM. continued to be awarded for meritorious service after 1940 but also for gallantry. A military and civilian divisions continued.

The George Medal was instituted, together with the George Cross, on 24 September 1940. At that time there was a particular need to reward a great many people in all walks of life. However, it was the intention of the authorities that the George Cross should stand supreme and that its position as the 'civilian Victoria Cross' should not be undermined by the award of larger numbers. The result was that the George Medal, or GM, was introduced as a 'junior' to the George Cross.

The George Medal is the 2nd highest, to the George Cross,  gallantry medal that a civilian can win. As with the George Cross, Military personnel are eligible for the George Medal if their act does not qualify for a military gallantry award.
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