Sir Edmund Hillary dies at age 88
Sad news from the mountaineering world - Sir Edmund Hillary who in 1953 along with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay summited Mount Everest has died.
There is a comprehensive and well written story on CNN.com about it.
From the article is this little glimpse into the kind of humble and simple man that he was, who cared more about others (including the Sherpa people) than himself:
Before Norgay's death in 1986, Hillary consistently refused to confirm he was first, saying he and the Sherpa had climbed as a team to the top. It was a measure of his personal modesty, and of his commitment to his colleagues.
He later recalled his surprise at the huge international interest in their feat. "I was a bit taken aback to tell you the truth. I was absolutely astonished that everyone should be so interested in us just climbing a mountain."
Thanks for the dreams of Everest and for being more than just a climber. RIP
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