Hillary, Sir Edmund


One of 1st persons to reach summit of Mt. Everest, highest mountain in the world, in 1953


Type: Signed Card
Description: (1919-2008) New Zealand mountaineer, with Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay 1st to reach summit of Mt. Everest May 29 1953, part of the 9th British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. He was New Zealand’s High Commissioner to India and Bangladesh and Ambassador to Nepal 1985-88.

Hillary became interested in mountaineering while in secondary school. He made his 1st major climb in 1939, reaching the summit of Mount Ollivier. He served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a navigator in WW II. Before the Everest expedition, Hillary was part of the 1951 British reconnaissance expedition to the mountain and an unsuccessful attempt to climb Cho Oyu in 1952. As part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, he reached the South Pole overland in 1958 and subsequently reached the North Pole, making him the 1st person to reach both poles and summit Everest. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

After his ascent of Everest, Hillary devoted himself to assisting Nepal’s Sherpa people through the Himalayan Trust, which he established, credited with construction of many schools and hospitals in Nepal. He had numerous honors conferred upon him, including the Order of the Garter in 1995. Upon his death, he was given a state funeral in New Zealand.

Signed frameable white 3 x 5 card.

Condition: Very good

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