Friday, January 11, 2008

TCA Honours Everest Colossus

Sir Edmund Hillary, who has died at the age of 88, made it to the summit of Everest in 1953, and became the first man on the planet to reach its highest point. After a gruelling climb up the southern face, battling the effects of high altitude and bad weather, Sir Edmund and Tenzing Norgay managed to reach the peak at 1130 local time on 29 May. He took the famous photo of his Sherpa companion posing with his ice-axe, but refused Tenzing's offer to take one of him, so his ascent went unrecorded. On the Morning of Queen Elizabeth's coronation in May 1953, her subjects were told that Sir Edmund had made it to the summit. The TCA salutes Ed, a truly inspirational New Zealander.



At 4:23 am, January 13, 2008, Blogger TCA said...

One of history's greatest adventureres in my mind. A man from a different era, one where there was no Gortex, no GPS or satellite phones and where there were truly dangerous and wonderful adventures to be had.

I bet he wished he had one of Jon's Chili's to come home to after one of his night hikes.


At 7:22 am, January 13, 2008, Blogger TCA said...

John's Chilli?

Hey, even Ed had his standards!


At 5:27 pm, January 13, 2008, Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Good one TCA.
Actually the reason that no photo was taken of Ed was that Tenzing couldn't use the camera!
Glad they named the Hilary Step after him. One of my heroes.

At 5:02 pm, January 14, 2008, Blogger Maalie said...

Thanks for this. I missed the news, must have happened while I was having my well-deserved wee break in Italy.

At 10:32 pm, January 14, 2008, Blogger simon said...

yes, but who did actually reach the top first? Is there not some doubt? and both men swore never to tell???

Perhaps the photo holds the key.

At 11:25 pm, January 14, 2008, Blogger TCA said...

"The pair initially reported the ascent as one made in unison. Only after the Sherpa's death in 1986, did Sir Edmund reveal that he had been about 10 feet ahead at the final ridge".


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