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Friday, January 11, 2008

Edmund Hillary, RIP

Famed explorer Edmund Hillary, who was part of the first team to climb Mount Everest and return safely in 1953, died at age 88 in New Zealand yesterday.
Many shared anecdotes of personal meetings with the late adventurer, describing him as an iconic New Zealander whose achievements were important to both the country and the world.

Antarctica New Zealand chief executive Lou Sanson said his enduring image of Hillary was his love of the natural environment of the frozen continent.

"Most of all you could tell he was in love with what was outside, which was that wild, harsh continent and the ability to live in that," Sanson said.

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