Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary

by Samuel Willard Crompton




On May 29, 1953, New Zealand beekeeper Edmund Hillary, along with Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, accomplished what no other person had done before: He reached the summit of Mount Everest. Although many climbers had tried before, they had been defeated by the unforgiving conditions of the highest peak in the world. But this historic achievement did not mean the end of Hillary's adventures. In 1955, he led a party across Antarctica by snow tractor, pioneering a new route to the South Pole. He followed this by leading several expeditions to the Himalayas. Moreover, Hillary established the Himalayan Trust, an organization dedicated to improving the conditions of the Himalayan people. To date, the trust has funded the construction of more than 30 schools, as well as hospitals, medical clinics, and airstrips in Nepal. More than four decades later, people continue to be impacted by one of the greatest adventure stories of the twentieth century.

Great Explorers tells the stories of some of the world's most influential figures whose quest for gold, land, and knowledge changed the course of history and created the modern globe. These books are a key resource to help students understand the stages of European exploration amid international rivalries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604134209
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Series: Chelsea House Great Explorers Series
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

1 The High Ledge 6

2 Bees and Skis 12

3 Men and Mountains 19

4 The Southern Approach 29

5 Going for the Gold 42

6 To the Top 53

7 The Pole 62

8 Joy and Sorrow 73

9 Rebirth 85

10 Fathers and Sons 92

Chronology and Timeline 100

Glossary 103

Bibliography 104

Further Resources 105

Picture Credits 107

Index 108

About the Author 112

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