Sir Edmund Hillary, a Life in Pictures

Sir Edmund Hillary, A Life in Pictures (Photos)
    1 of 7   Next >>
May 28, 1953: Scaling Everest

Edmund Hillary (left) and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay approach 28,000 feet (8,534 meters) on Mount Everest on May 28, 1953. The next day Hillary would become the first human to stand atop the world's highest mountain, with Tenzing joining him seconds later.

The New Zealand adventurer died January 11, 2008, in a hospital in his hometown of Auckland. He was 88. (Read full obituary.)

I am a lucky man," he told an interviewer after the Everest climb. "I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.

 More Photos in the News
 Today's Top 15 Most Popular Stories
 Free Email Newsletter: "Focus on Photography"
—Photograph by George Lowe/Royal Geographical Society
 
NEWS FEEDS    After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed. After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS




 

50 Drives of a Lifetime

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.