Monday 19 November 2018

Man who conquered Everest yet remained a modest hero

On May 29, 1953, in a world still living in the shadow of the horrors of World War II, Edmund Hillary -- who died yesterday aged 88 -- and Sherpa Tenzing scaled new heights in humanity's relentless pursuit of new achievements.

They were, of course, the first men in the world to stand on Everest's summit. From that moment of glory, Hillary's career opened out into a lifetime of adventure and of widening interest.

He remained seemingly untouched by any of the fame that accrued to him. His own laconic summary of his active life as merely a "constant battle against boredom" only gave part of the picture and was typical of his innate modesty and of his dislike of cant.

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