Today, the 11th January 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of the great mountaineer and explorer Edmund Hillary.
Edmund Hillary was born on the 20th July 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand. Hillary became interested in mountaineering while in secondary school. He made his first major climb in 1939, reaching the summit of Mount Ollivier.
In 1951, Hillary was part of a British reconnaissance expedition to Mount Everest led by Eric Shipton. In 1952, Hillary and George Lowe were part of the British team led by Eric Shipton, that attempted Cho Oyu.
On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest.
Hillary climbed ten other peaks in the Himalayas on further visits in 1956, 1960–1961, and 1963–1965. He also reached the South Pole as part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, for which he led the New Zealand section, on 4 January 1958.
Following his ascent of Mount Everest, Hillary devoted most of his life to helping the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded. Through his efforts, many schools and hospitals were built in Nepal.
In 1985, he accompanied Neil Armstrong in a small twin-engined ski plane over the Arctic Ocean and landed at the North Pole. Hillary thus became the first man to stand at both poles and on the summit of Everest.
On 11th January 2008, Hillary died of heart failure at the Auckland City Hospital at the age of 88. A state funeral was held for Hillary on 22nd January 2008, after which his body was cremated.
Edmund Hillary will be most remembered for being the first to stand on the summit of Mount Everest and for all his hard work in Nepal helping those who needed it.