Sir Edmund Hillary Dead at Age 88

Sir Edmund Hillary, probably the first person (along with Tenzing Norgay) to summit Mt. Everest in 1953 died Friday in New Zealand. Famous for both his strength and his humility, Hillary dedicated his life after his Everest success to furthering humanitarian causes in the Everest region. While not directly related to rock climbing, I think it is safe to say that his efforts some 55 years ago have inspired generations in all walks of life.

Sir Edmund Hillary with Tenzing Norgay after they summited Mt. Everest in 1953

Sir Edmund Hillary with Tenzing Norgay after they summited Mt. Everest in 1953.

Update:  Here is an article with a bit more story on his life.

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2 Responses to Sir Edmund Hillary Dead at Age 88

  1. kevlar January 10, 2008 at 5:39 pm #

    Format.
    It will be a single round onsight where every climber will climb 4 problems. each climber will have 4 minutes to climb, 30 second transition, and a 4 minute rest at each.

    Onsight, What does that mean? Only one try?

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  2. Climbing Narcissist January 10, 2008 at 6:26 pm #

    Not exactly – you get as many tries as you want within the four minutes you’re at that problem. Each try counts against you though – we’ll talk more about it at team.

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