Friday, July 20, 2012
Happy Birthday, Sir Edmund Hillary!
In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary was the first climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He started mountaineering as a young boy, climbing his first major summit in 1939. In 1958, he reached the South Pole overland, and later he traveled to the North Pole. Beyond expeditions, much of his life was devoted to helping the Sherpas of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded.
To read more about Sir Hillary, check out the amazing National Geographic documentary, Surviving Everest.