Sir Edmund Hillary. RIP

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Sir Edmund Hillary. RIP

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Jan 11, 2008, 7:29am

BBC news link

The passing of someone who's name was an inspiration to all of us who enjoy the outdoors is a great loss. To be the first anywhere is a magnificent achievement.

RIP and condolences to his relations.

Jan 11, 2008, 10:31am

Seconded. I've just finished Annapurna, which has given me far more of an appreciation of what amazing feats these men achieved. It's simply mindboggling and he was a great man.

Jan 21, 2008, 7:13pm

Truly a great loss . . .

Is Tenzig Norgay still alive?

Jan 21, 2008, 8:37pm

Nope. Died in 1986 of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 71.

Edited: Jan 22, 2008, 4:34am

BBC pictures of his funeral held today (last night) in NZ.

The Ice axe arch is a nice touch, which I've only seen before at weddings. The cavers equivalent of a muddy boot isn't normally quite so appreciated.