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A long way from where I started
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 10, 2008 - 06:02pm PT
Just saw a breaking news headline (no details yet) that Ed Hillary has died.

I guess most people think of him just as the first on Everest (with Tenzing), but he also made the first crossing of the Antarctic, which was pretty badass.


Big Wall climber
arlington, va
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:05pm PT
That's a drag.
The photo of Tenzing on top was such an inspiration
as a youngster.
Bless Ed Hillary and hope he enjoys the big peak
in the spirit world.
I'm sure NZ is in a national mourning moment.
the Fet

Knackered climber
A bivy sack in the secret campground
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:10pm PT
Bummer, such a cool dude.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:11pm PT
The man led a great life.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:13pm PT
Very sad news indeed - he was an extraordinary man.

It is reported by New Zealand national television, including a statement from the Prime Minister. http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/1540100

Trad climber
Hollywood, CA
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:13pm PT

He was such a down to Earth guy for someone who had such a remarkable achievement. Hell, when I was in New Zealand in '06 I looked him up in the Auckland phone directory. Sure enough, his number was listed.

Wish I'd had the balls to call him up and take him out for tea.

Trad climber
New York, NY
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:19pm PT
What one of us hasn't been inspired by the man? His spirit will continue to guide, eve as he disappears into the spindrift that envelopes the trail ahead.

Wonder if Tensig extended his hand out to great Hillary as he topped out on this life? If one believes in an afterlife, the answer is, no doubt, yes.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:19pm PT

Now reported as breaking news by the New York Times - their headline stating "Sir Edmund Hillary, the First Man to Climb to Top of Mount Everest, Dies at 88" More accurately, one of the first two humans to...

The NYT obituary is three pages: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Obit-EdmundHillary.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1200007483-QJ5uwm9CWcnW534GzhEmIg
Scared Silly

Trad climber
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:26pm PT
Thanks for the memories ... Namaste



Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:27pm PT

In addition to his climbing and exploration accomplishments, he did alot for the people of Nepal.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:30pm PT
Could someone post the Sheridan Anderson rendition?

Jan 10, 2008 - 06:32pm PT
He was so the man. He and Tenzeng - can you imagine what it must have been like going *way* out there like that, pushing the limits of human endurance, not knowing what it was going to do to them, sticking their necks way out there in the name of getting it done.

The stories of the great ones like Hillary are ones I like to pass on to my kid.

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:34pm PT
Childhood dreams of being like Tenzing and Hillary on top of the world.

End of an era.

Standing Strong

Trad climber
ghost ride the cop car
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:37pm PT
it sounds like he lived a beautiful life. i can only hope to lead such a long, adventurous life. death is a part of the circle of life. it's not separate.
Beatrix Kiddo

Mountain climber
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:39pm PT
"Childhood dreams of being like Tenzing and Hillary on top of the world.

End of an era.


Yes! That is exactly what I'm feeling right now. Very sad.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:43pm PT
(A Sheridan Anderson cartoon, from about 1975.)

Tenzing Norgay died in 1986. There is something of a memorial to him at http://www.lastingtribute.co.uk/tribute/norgay/2561650

Trad climber
Jan 10, 2008 - 06:59pm PT
He was a good person. RIP
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 10, 2008 - 07:15pm PT
Here is the original front page from The Times, from June 2nd, 1953, reporting the first ascent of Chomolungma. A world scoop.

Mountain climber
San Diego
Jan 10, 2008 - 07:39pm PT
I just hate it when our heros pass away.

Sometimes I would just like for time to stand still so we can all continue to live and do what we all love to do and enjoy each others company and adventure together, but no one grows old.

I sure miss my heros. Sir Edmund was one of them.

RIP Hillary.

John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Jan 10, 2008 - 07:40pm PT
He was such a humble and normal bloke who couldn't understand what all the fuss was about!

Rest in peace Sir Ed...

The words of a humble New Zealander who ascended the world's greatest peak.

* "We knocked the bastard off" – announcing he and Tensing had reached Everest’s summit.

* "I like to think that I am a very ordinary New Zealander, not terribly bright perhaps but determined and practical in what I do" – at the 50th anniversary

* Nepalese, he said, did not ask for poverty while New Zealanders lived in affluence: "The fact that we do is a blessing, and with it comes responsibilities."

* On becoming a knight: "It was a tremendous honour, of course, but I had never really approved of titles and couldn’t really imagine myself possessing one"

* "In some ways I believe I epitomise the average New Zealander. I have modest abilities, I combine these with a good deal of determination and I rather like to succeed."

* To an Indian reporter who asked him if he knew he was seen by many as a god:
"Well I know I’m not, so it doesn’t bother me."

* From Hillary’s diary, published in his ‘Nothing Venture, Nothing Win’:
"I continued on, cutting steadily and surmounting bump after bump and cornice after cornice looking eagerly for the summit. It seemed impossible to pick it and time was running out. Finally I cut around the back of an extra large hump and then on a tight rope from Tensing I climbed up a gentle snow ridge to its top. Immediately it was obvious that we had reached our objective. It was 11.30a.m. and we were on top of Everest!"

He describes the landscape below them and continues: "Tensing and I shook hands and then Tensing threw his arms around my shoulders. It was a great moment! I took off my oxygen and for ten minutes I photographed Tensing holding flags, the various ridges of Everest and the general view. I left a crucifix on top for John Hunt and Tensing made a little hole in the snow and put in it some food offerings - lollies, biscuits and chocolate. We ate Mint Cake and then put our oxygen back on. I was a little worried by the time factor so after 15 minutes on top we turned back at 11.45."

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