geez I'm behind in myfeeds and in replying to my comments - sorry folks, bear with me, I'll get there, I've just had a busy few days.
I just wanted to blog my respects, to
Sir Edmond Hillary who passed away this morning. I actually feel quite upset as he is one of my heros. I think his passing has international coverage but just in case you don't know who Sir Ed is... this is from the New York Times:
Sir Edmund Hillary, the lanky New Zealand mountaineer and explorer who with
Tenzing Norgay, his Sherpa guide, won worldwide acclaim in 1953 by becoming the first to scale the 29,035-foot summit of Mount Everest, the world's tallest peak, has died," it reads.
"In the annals of great heroic exploits, the conquest of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund and Mr. Norgay ranks with the first trek to the South Pole by Roald Amundsen in 1911 and the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight by Charles A. Lindbergh in 1927."
What the news may not report is that Sir Ed was embarrassed about the attention he got for being the "first" to climb Mt Everest, as far as he was concerned it was a team effort and they (him and Tenzing Norgay) got there together. The ascent was in the days when the British Empire was still trying to bolster it's ego and they latched onto this acheivement and crowed about it - normally antipodeans were treated with the patronising 'poor cousin' air. Sir Ed felt Tenzing did not get the recognition he deserved. Tenzing passed away in 1986.
Sir Ed embodied the values of integrity and modesty, he also worked to do what he could in Nepal, he set up a trust and built many hospitals and schools, the trust also provides prosethetic limbs to Sherpas who lose limbs to frostbite. The previous King of Nepal made him an honorary citizen in 2003. It's reported his death is felt just as keenly in Nepal as it is in New Zealand.
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