Sir Edmund Hillary
By: Haley Whitworth
After his momentous climb, Sir Hillary settled down and married and old friend named Louise Rose,with whom he had three children with. Their names were Peter, Belinda, and Sarah. Unfortunately, his wife and daughter Belinda died in a plane crash. He uses his anguish as fuel to work harder for the Sherpa people, and eventually remarried to a women named June Mulgrew. Hillary died January 11, 2008.
- One significant fact about Edmund Hillary loved books growing up and excelled in school. His love of reading is one of the many things that sparked his love for seeking out adventure. "Due in part to this fondness for literature, Hillary grew up with an extremely active imagination. ...[Hillary] recalled the youthful flights of fancy that were spurred by his love of reading" (Elish 7).
- Another significant fact about Edmund Hillary is how humbly he reacted in response to his great achievement. Hillary not only became world wide news, but he was also knighted by the queen of England. In response to being knighted he is quoted saying "I regarded it all a a bit of a joke ... I realized that we had done quite well, but we just climbed a mountain" (Elish 61).
- The last significant fact about Edmund Hillary is his aptitude to climbing. When climbing large mountains, mountaineers often have to spend time in the are before their trek so they can slowly get used to the thinner air. It is said though that "One of the reasons Hillary was such a skilled climber might have been his natural ability to function in thin air" (Elish 38).