Sir Edmund Hillary Essay

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Lexie McDonough Mr. Granbery English January 3, 2010 Sir Edmund Hillary Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Ever wonder who conquered it first? On May 29, 1953 at eleven in the morning, Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese partner Tenzing Norgay reached the 29,035 foot summit of Mount Everest located on the Himalayas in Nepal. These two men were the first to climb the entire mountain. Sir Edmund Hillary may not seem like a hero, but he sure was an accomplished and efficient leader. Sir Edmund Hillary was born on July 20, 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand and died on January 11, 2008 in the same place. Very shortly after his birth, his family moved to the city Tuakau because his father, Percival Augustus Hillary required land. Edmund Hillary first became attracted to mountain climbing after a school trip. At Auckland University, Hillary studied math and science. When he entered the workforce, he was a beekeeper with his brother. In World War Two, he served as a navigator for the Royal New Zealand Air Force. During the time in which he was a beekeeper, Hillary was also a freelance climber. He climbed several mountains in New Zealand and the Alps. Hillary then set his sights on the Himalayas and Mount Everest and the rest was history. (Sir Edmund Hillary. About.com) Hillary’s greatest achievement would certainly be the fact that he and his partner, a Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, were the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest. On May 29, 1953, under the conditions of high altitude and fatigue, these two men were the only ones left in the group because all the others decided to descend the mountain. This was the first British led expedition up Mount Everest and Hillary was the first non-Sherpa to appear on the mountain. When Hillary returned home to the United Kingdom, he was knighted by Queen

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