Thursday, January 10, 2008


Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, KG, ONZ, KBE (20 July 1919 - 11 January 2008) was a New Zealand mountaineer and explorer. On 29 May 1953 he and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt.

In 1960, Sir Edmund Hillary mounted an expedition to collect and analyse physical evidence of the Yeti. He sent a Yeti "scalp" from the Khumjung monastery to the West for testing, whose results indicated the scalp to be manufactured from the skin of the serow, a goat-like Himalayan antelope. But some disagreed with this analysis. Myra Shackley said that the "hairs from the scalp look distinctly monkey-like, and that it contains parasitic mites of a species different from that recovered from the serow."

His death was announced on 11 January 2008 NZ Time after his death at 9am


  1. This site is awesome. What other BF related site has this news yet? We are talking moments after Sir Ed passed on. God Speed Sir Edmund.

  2. Chaps - just loving BFRLC from this side of the pond. A thought: do you think Hillary was inspired by Tintin's search for abominable snowman in 'Tintin in Tibet'... I'm just so sure he was...

  3. Dr. S - You may be on to something, a reference us Yanks might have missed. Please tell your friends about us.


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