Friday, January 11, 2008


Sir Edmund Hillary died today at the age of 88.

You all have heard various stories of people who have died attempting to summit Everest. One that sticks out in my mind is the Aussie who used a sat phone to call his wife before he died short of the summit.

Did you know that IF you wanted to climb Everest you have to be willing to plunk down about 65 thousand dollars just for the permit? Did you know that if you die on Everest above a certain altitude they leave your body there forever because it would LITERALLY KILL anyone who attempted to haul you down?

Hillary was the first man to summit Everest. He did it in 1953

He did it before it became the rich man's event that it is today. Before the all the mountain's summit routes were mapped out. Before GPS, before sat phones.

The last rock outcropping before the snowy summit on Everest was named the "Hillary step" in his honor.

If you look at his wikipedia entry you will see just what an accomplished man Sir Edmund was.

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