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Sir Edmund Hillary
KG ONZ KBE

Hillary, c. 1953
Born Edmund Percival Hillary
(1919-07-20)20 July 1919
Auckland, New Zealand
Died 11 January 2008(2008-01-11) (aged 88)
Auckland, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Louise Mary Rose (1953–1975); her death
June Mulgrew (1989–2008); his death
Children Peter (b. 1954)
Sarah (b. 1956)
Belinda (1959–1975)
Parent(s) Percival Augustus Hillary
Gertrude Hillary, née Clark
Awards Knight of the Order of the Garter
Member of the Order of New Zealand
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire

The Sherpas play a very important role in most mountaineering expeditions, and in fact many of them lead along the ridges and up to the summit.
Edmund Hillary
If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go.
Edmund Hillary
I don't spend a lot of time thinking about dying, but I like to think that I've – if it did occur – that I would die peacefully and not make too much of a fuss about it.
Edmund Hillary
It's not a real adventure when you have to pay for it.
I don't know if I particularly want to be remembered for anything. I personally do not think I'm a great gift to the world. I've been very fortunate.
Edmund Hillary
When you're climbing at high altitudes, life can get pretty miserable.
On the summit of Everest, I had a feeling of great satisfaction to be first there.
Edmund Hillary
I am a lucky man. I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.
Edmund Hillary
No one remembers who climbed Mount Everest the second time.
Good planning is important. I've also regarded a sense of humor as one of the most important things on a big expedition. When you're in a difficult or dangerous situation, or when you're depressed about the chances of success, someone who can make you laugh eases the tension.
Edmund Hillary
I was definitely very much a country boy.
I think I mainly climb mountains because I get a great deal of enjoyment out of it. I never attempt to analyze these things too thoroughly, but I think that all mountaineers do get a great deal of satisfaction out of overcoming some challenge which they think is very difficult for them, or which perhaps may be a little dangerous.
Edmund Hillary
There is precious little in civilization to appeal to a Yeti.
I'm sure the feeling of fear, as long as you can take advantage of it and not be rendered useless by it, can make you extend yourself beyond what you would regard as your capacity. If you're afraid, the blood seems to flow freely through the veins, and you really do feel a sense of stimulation.
Edmund Hillary
I think my first thought on reaching the summit- of course, I was very, very pleased to be there, naturally – but my first thought was one of a little bit of surprise. I was a little bit surprised that here I was, Ed Hillary, on top of Mt. Everest. After all, this is the ambition of most mountaineers.
Edmund Hillary
I can remember when I first went into the Himalayan area way back in 1951. Money, for instance, was not important at all to the local people. But now, finance has become just as important to them as it is to us, and this is a change maybe not for the better.
Edmund Hillary
When I was climbing, I built up a close relationship with the Sherpa people.
Edmund Hillary
I enjoyed climbing with other people, good friends, but I did quite a lot of solo climbing, too.
Edmund Hillary
The truth is, I'm just a rough old New Zealander who has enjoyed many challenges in his life.
Edmund Hillary
While on top of Everest, I looked across the valley towards the great peak Makalu and mentally worked out a route about how it could be climbed. It showed me that even though I was standing on top of the world, it wasn't the end of everything. I was still looking beyond to other interesting challenges.
Edmund Hillary
When I was 50 years old, I actually decided to draw up a list of half a dozen things that I really hadn't done very well, and I was going to make efforts to improve. One of them was skiing, and I really did become a very much better skier.
Edmund Hillary
I think Himalayan climbers tend to mature fairly late. I think most of the successful Himalayan climbers have ranged from 28 to just over 40, really.
Edmund Hillary
I have enjoyed great satisfaction from my climb of Everest and my trips to the poles. But there's no doubt that my most worthwhile things have been the building of schools and medical clinics.
Edmund Hillary
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.
Edmund Hillary
I like to think of Everest as a great mountaineering challenge, and when you've got people just streaming up the mountain – well, many of them are just climbing it to get their name in the paper, really.
Edmund Hillary
Even when you're 50, you can make the effort to improve your standards.
Edmund Hillary
I was scared many times on Everest, but this is all part of the challenge. When I fell down a crevasse, it was pretty scary.
Edmund Hillary
Adventuring can be for the ordinary person with ordinary qualities, such as I regard myself.
Edmund Hillary
Many people have been getting too casual about climbing Everest. I forecast a disaster many times.
Edmund Hillary
I think the really good mountaineer is the man with the technical ability of the professional and with the enthusiasm and freshness of approach of the amateur.
Edmund Hillary
There is something about building up a comradeship – that I still believe is the greatest of all feats – and sharing in the dangers with your company of peers. It's the intense effort, the giving of everything you've got. It's really a very pleasant sensation.
Edmund Hillary
Life's a bit like mountaineering - never look down.
I think it all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it.
Edmund Hillary
Once I've decided to do something, I do usually try to carry it through to fruition.
Edmund Hillary
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
I really haven't liked the commercialization of mountaineering, particularly of Mt. Everest. By paying $65,000, you can be conducted to the summit by a couple of good guides.
Edmund Hillary

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
I was extremely lucky that I had two great wives. It sounds a bit funny to say that, but it's absolutely true.
Edmund Hillary
I don't regard myself as a cracking good climber. I'm just strong in the back. I have a lot of enthusiasm, and I'm good on ice.
Edmund Hillary
I have never regarded myself as a hero, but Tenzing undoubtedly was.
My most important projects have been the building and maintaining of schools and medical clinics for my dear friends in the Himalaya and helping restore their beautiful monasteries, too.
Edmund Hillary
My relationship with the mountains actually started when I was 16. Every year, a group used to be taken from Auckland Grammar down to the Tangariro National Park for a skiing holiday.
Edmund Hillary
Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow in a high mountain gully and feel the same urge to climb towards it.
Edmund Hillary
My mother was a schoolteacher and very keen that I go to a city school, so although it was fairly impoverished times, I traveled every day to the Auckland Grammar School.
Edmund Hillary
Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.
Edmund Hillary
Becoming a 'Sir' is slightly uncomfortable at first, although it is a considerable honor. It is amazing how quickly you become accustomed to it.
Edmund Hillary
I am inclined to think that the realm of mythology is where the Yeti rightly belongs.
Edmund Hillary
I believe that of all the things I have done, exciting though many of them have been, there's no doubt in my mind that the most worthwhile have been the establishing of schools and hospitals, and the rebuilding of monasteries in the mountains.
Edmund Hillary
Ever since the morning of May 29, 1953, when Tenzing Norgay and I became the first climbers to step onto the summit of Mount Everest, I've been called a great adventurer.
Edmund Hillary
Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.
Edmund Hillary
Tourism is a very big economic benefit to the Sherpa people, and also, they have very strong ties to their own social attitudes and their own religion, so fortunately, they're not too influenced by many of our Western attitudes.
Edmund Hillary
When you go to the mountains, you see them and you admire them. In a sense, they give you a challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them.
Edmund Hillary
I hate being called an 'icon.' I just don't like it. That's all there is to it.
Edmund Hillary
I realised a little bit to my astonishment that I can give a lecture for a thousand people, and there will be this tumultuous applause, so, you know, I have the feeling well, it can't be all that bad.
Edmund Hillary
Take advantage of the years of pioneering efforts. You might find this boring, as the young want to rush head on, as it were.
Edmund Hillary
I think that a good mountaineer is usually a sensible mountaineer.
If I wished to do something, even if I couldn't find anyone who wanted to make the effort with me, I would go out solo climbing. I did find solo climbing very challenging and a little frightening. You knew that you were completely on your own, and you had to overcome all the problems and possible dangers.
Edmund Hillary
I've always hated the danger part of climbing, and it's great to come down again because it's safe.
Edmund Hillary