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Mt. Everest's, Sir Edmund Hillary Has Died.  
User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7361 posts, RR: 85
Posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2995 times:
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A pioneer in climbing and extreme sports passed away today. Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.




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[Edited 2008-01-10 15:30:58]

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User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2937 times:

To be honest I didn't even know he was alive.  worried 



Liam spin 


User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

Edmund Hillary outlived his climbing part Tenzing Norgay by more than twenty years, wow.


"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" Samuel Johnson
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2900 times:

That's sad. But he was an old man, of course.

And his and Tenzing achievement will live forever.

And here's a weird thing to be kind of proud of: The expedition to climb Everest was a British one, but they chose two non-Brits to make the final assault. I wonder how many nations would have done that?



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User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2895 times:



Quoting AF340 (Reply 4):
To be honest I didn't even know he was alive.

Me neither.

But what a life he led!

He'll be missed.


User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2889 times:

I was fortunate enough to meet the great man a couple of years ago and got to shake his hand......he was one of my all-time heroes and typified the Kiwi Spirit.

RIP Sir Ed Sad


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8289 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2859 times:

Hillary was class act all the way. He let his accomplishment speak for itself and used it for both humanitarian purposes and efforts to bring more people to his sport. He endured terrible personal tragedy and continued on with grace. As AndesSMF said, this Kiwi will most definitely be missed.


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User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2857 times:



Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 13):
He endured terrible personal tragedy and continued on with grace

For those who did not know, and what I read just today, he lost his first wife and daughter in an airplane accident in 1975.


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8289 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

I've been involved in mountain climbing since my teenage years, and the above story is well-known in mountaineering circles. Around that time Hillary was annually spending nearly half the year in Nepal working on and fundraising infrastructure projects for the Sherpa people - his wife and daughter were en route to join him when they were killed. After that, he and his son spearheaded an effort to improve aviation safety in the region.


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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2838 times:



Quoting YOWza (Reply 15):
So I suppose you knew exactly what year they reached the summit.

Yes, because anyone with the slightest education will know that Queen Elizabeth II was coronated in 1953, and the final ascent took place the same day (or was it the day before), and was trumpeted as a 'Rule Britannia' moment in honor of the Queen. I think I learned that at about age 7.


User currently offlineFlashFlyGuy From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 439 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2803 times:

A better link about his passing is here;
Everest climber Hillary dead at 88


User currently offlineWorkFlyer From New Zealand, joined Dec 2006, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2782 times:



Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 14):
For those who did not know, and what I read just today, he lost his first wife and daughter in an airplane accident in 1975



Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 16):
After that, he and his son spearheaded an effort to improve aviation safety in the region.

His and his son's work to improve aviation safety in Nepal were among the many great things he did.

Though in later life he regretted how so many tourists were given access to the mountains he so loved by way of the airfields he helped develop. Especially those with little respect for the locals and the environment.

He was a great man and will be sorely missed here in NZ.


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13198 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2771 times:

Sir Hillary's history and influence on this earth went well beyond his best known accomplishment of being with his associate Tenzing Norgay the first humans to reach the top of Mt. Everest. Some have noted those influences in previous posts, including his helping the people of Nepal and from the tragedy of family members, to improve aircraft safety there. He also was an early one to get involved as to enviromental issues, for example pushing for cleaning up Everest of the debris of previous climbers. One statement by him I saw in an article today was that he condemned the leaving of climbers on Mt. Everest to die if they became incapacitated and that he would sacrifice his ability to continue to the top to save another climber if possible or not just leave his body on the mountain.
Let his spirit live on. RIP.


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2703 times:

I have always been a great admirer of Sir Edmund Hillary. He was an achiever.
May he Rest In Peace.

In these times of showbiz and glitter we need more people of the same breed, authentic adventurers without fear.



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User currently offlineJamesbaldwyn From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2701 times:

Had a good long life, and what a feat!

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2694 times:

Amazing Fighter.
Great person.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1575 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2688 times:

Sad to hear of his passing.

Heard a story a while back about him being scheduled to be on the ill fayed Air New Zealand flight that crashed in Antarctica as a guide, but pulled out and someone else did it instead.



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13253 posts, RR: 77
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2568 times:

A great Kiwi and general world citizen.
He and Tenzing were the Armstrong and Aldrin of the 1950's.
(And Hillary was always emphasising it was a team effort, to say to the contrary, perhaps is due to some agenda, we were always told at school, in documentaries, books, it was Hillary AND Tenzing).

It is a picture of Tenzing on the summit of the world-no enlarged ego out for personal fame would have tolerated that. Though before his death, Tenzing acknowledged that, by a few steps, that Hillary was first, though Hillary saw this in the same way that Armstrong would, they both got there together).

Hillary also would say, later in life, that he would be fine with it, if it was ever proved that the ill fated Mallory team had made it to the summit 20 years before.

His contribution to Nepal was immense, he was one of the last great Earth explorers.

RIP and condolences to his family and New Zealand.


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14139 posts, RR: 63
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2560 times:



Quoting GDB (Reply 24):

It is a picture of Tenzing on the summit of the world-no enlarged ego out for personal fame would have tolerated that. Though before his death, Tenzing acknowledged that, by a few steps, that Hillary was first, though Hillary saw this in the same way that Armstrong would, they both got there together).

Hillary said that the reason why there exists no picture of himself on Mt. Everest was that Tenzing never had a camera in his hands for his whole life and the summit of Mt.Everest wasn't the place to teach him about depth of focus and shutter speeds (remember, this was 1953, no automatic cameras beck then).

But it is well known that Hillary (who btw. had a blue collar background, AFAIK he was a gardener back in New Zealand) and Tenzing were close friends and stayed friends afterwards. Hillery got very much impressed with Sherpa culture and Nepalese culture in general and returned often to this country. As it was mentioned, he set up various charities to help to develop Nepal.

Jan


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13253 posts, RR: 77
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2585 times:

True MD-11, my point though is that an enlarged ego would make damn sure Tenzing quickly learned how to operate the camera!

Aldrin gets stick still for no good clear pics of Armstrong on the Moon, poor guy, just one camera between the two of them, with very little time and a lot to do. It just turned out that way.


User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2555 times:



Quoting GDB (Reply 24):
(And Hillary was always emphasising it was a team effort, to say to the contrary, perhaps is due to some agenda, we were always told at school, in documentaries, books, it was Hillary AND Tenzing).

That may be the reason why we all remember BOTH their names.

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay go together. And they will both be remembered for a long time.

However inappropriate L-188 comments may have been, it must be stated that Hillary devoted his life to helping the Sherpas, and Nepal made him an honorary citizen.

My only hope for when I reach the end of my life is to only have one thing happen: that I will be remembered. This hope has certainly been fulfilled for both Hillary and Tenzing.


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7110 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2528 times:

Ironically, I was at the Sir Edmund Hilary centre in Mount Cook, NZ while this happened.

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 29):
That may be the reason why we all remember BOTH their names.

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay go together. And they will both be remembered for a long time.

Absolutely. I recall an interview a few years back where he said they both reached the summit together, no one got there first and it was a joint feat. He is a humble man and a great ambasador for our Country.

My dad has had the honor of working with him in the past 4 years, and has had nothing but praise about the man. Not often you find someone so famous and accomplished, yet so humble, genuine and down to earth.

As I said before, a great role model for many in the world, and an excellent figure for our country.

RIP Sir Ed


User currently offlineFridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2464 times:
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Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 29):
Quoting GDB (Reply 24):
(And Hillary was always emphasising it was a team effort, to say to the contrary, perhaps is due to some agenda, we were always told at school, in documentaries, books, it was Hillary AND Tenzing).

That may be the reason why we all remember BOTH their names.

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay go together. And they will both be remembered for a long time.

We have many Nepalese working with us here and they are all in mourning.

Two Great Citizens of the World, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. May they both Rest In Peace.

With great Admiration and Respect,

Marc



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User currently offlineFarrhad From India, joined May 2007, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2452 times:



Quoting Cfalk (Reply 9):

Quoting YOWza (Reply 15):
So I suppose you knew exactly what year they reached the summit.

Yes, because anyone with the slightest education will know that Queen Elizabeth II was coronated in 1953, and the final ascent took place the same day (or was it the day before), and was trumpeted as a 'Rule Britannia' moment in honor of the Queen. I think I learned that at about age 7.

now thats a good answer! haha

back to the Sir E.Hillary will be greatly missed


User currently offlineFarrhad From India, joined May 2007, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2452 times:



Quoting Cfalk (Reply 9):

Quoting YOWza (Reply 15):
So I suppose you knew exactly what year they reached the summit.

Yes, because anyone with the slightest education will know that Queen Elizabeth II was coronated in 1953, and the final ascent took place the same day (or was it the day before), and was trumpeted as a 'Rule Britannia' moment in honor of the Queen. I think I learned that at about age 7.

now thats a good answer! haha

back to the topic, Sir E.Hillary will be greatly missed


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