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Sir Edmund Hillary
BirthplaceAuckland, Dominion of New Zealand
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Hillary, Edmund


Born July 20, 1919, in Auckland, New Zealand. Mountain climber and public figure.

In 1953, Hillary, together with Tenzing Norgay, made the first ascent of Chomolungma (Mount Everest), for which he was knighted. From 1955 to 1958 he headed the New Zealand section of the British Commonwealth transantarctic expedition, which reached the south pole. In 1960–61 he led an expedition to the Himalayas to study man’s acclimatization to the effects of high altitudes over a prolonged period. Hillary later became involved in organizing the construction of hospitals and schools for Sherpas in Nepal.


High Adventure. London [1955]. (With A. Spark and G. Djurkouic.)
East of Everest. New York [1956], (With G. Lowe.)
The Crossing of Antarctica. London [1958]. (With V. Fuchs.)
No Latitude for Error. London [1961].
High in the Thin Cold Air. [London, 1963.] (With D. Doig.)
Schoolhouse in the Clouds. [London, 1964.]
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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One memorable sack contained a bottle of champagne and a note from the ambassador, Christopher Summerhayes, informing Hunt that he and Ed Hillary had been awarded knighthoods.
Base Camp was established on 12 April, and then Ed Hillary, George Lowe, Mike Westmacott and George Band set about trying to forge a route through the notorious Khumbu Icefall, a constantly moving maze of tumbling ice boulders and yawning crevasses.
His skills on steep ice--as much as his positivity and sense of humour--were of huge benefit to the team, and his efforts greatly helped his best friend, Ed Hillary, reach the summit.