"Well, we knocked the bastard off!"
Hillary’s comment to George Lowe, after his successful ascent of Mt Everest
Why am I writing this note on the internet to note the passing of Sir Edmund Hillary? because it is there. RIP Sir Edmund.
My Edmund Hillary story:
I met Sir Edmund a few years back on an elevator in a hotel in Wellington, NZ, while on a business trip. He was on the car as I and my boss got on. I had no idea who it was, but my boss, from Nepal, recognized him immediately.
Sir Edmund is held with great respect in Nepal, for the social welfare work he has done and has caused to be done there, especially in the Himalaya region. Also, for his efforts to counter the pressure that recreational mountaineering has imposed. It turned out that my boss got his start through a scholarship fund established by Sir Edmund.
My boss got an autographed NZ$5 note, which features Sir Edmund.
New of Sir Edmund’s passing just came through as a breaking news story.
Sir Edmund Hillary – 1st man to climb Mt Everest – 1st person to stand at: North Pole, South Pole and Mt Everest
July 20, 1919 to January 11, 2008
May the mountain gods welcome you soul
Sir Edmund Hillary – RIP
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