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Man who 'knocked off' Everest is no more

January 11, 2008
Sir Edmund Hillary, who became a mountaineering legend by conquering, for the first time, the world's highest summit Mount Everest, devoted his life for the betterment of Nepal's Sherpas who live on the slopes of the Himalayas.

A school mountain trip in 1935 made the fragile-looking boy decide that it was his calling in life to scale peaks even as he made his living as a beekeeper. He climbed mountains in New Zealand, then in the Alps, and finally in the Himalayas, where he climbed 11 different peaks of over 20,000 feet.

Photograph: Michael Bradley/Getty Images
Caption: A file picture of Sir Edmund Hillary at his home in Auckland, New Zealand.
Also read: The heroes of Mount Everest


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