Sir Edmund Hillary

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On May 29, 1953, New Zealand beekeeper Edmund Hillary, along with Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, accomplished what no other person had done before: He reached the summit of Mount Everest. Although many climbers had tried before, they had been defeated by the unforgiving conditions of the highest peak in the world. But this historic achievement did not mean the end of Hillary's adventures. In 1955, he led a party across Antarctica by snow tractor, pioneering a new route to the South Pole. He followed this by ...

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On May 29, 1953, New Zealand beekeeper Edmund Hillary, along with Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, accomplished what no other person had done before: He reached the summit of Mount Everest. Although many climbers had tried before, they had been defeated by the unforgiving conditions of the highest peak in the world. But this historic achievement did not mean the end of Hillary's adventures. In 1955, he led a party across Antarctica by snow tractor, pioneering a new route to the South Pole. He followed this by leading several expeditions to the Himalayas. Moreover, Hillary established the Himalayan Trust, an organization dedicated to improving the conditions of the Himalayan people. To date, the trust has funded the construction of more than 30 schools, as well as hospitals, medical clinics, and airstrips in Nepal. More than four decades later, people continue to be impacted by one of the greatest adventure stories of the twentieth century.

Great Explorers tells the stories of some of the world's most influential figures whose quest for gold, land, and knowledge changed the course of history and created the modern globe. These books are a key resource to help students understand the stages of European exploration amid international rivalries.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up–The information in this series on well-known and oft-written-about explorers is not necessarily new but it is presented in such a way as to attract and maintain readers' interest. Each title opens with a glimpse into a particularly thrilling or critical moment in the man's life, and then the chapters unfold chronologically. The explorers' triumphs and foibles are described in keen detail, with the common factors in their stories being the descriptions of the subjects' unending desire to see the world, do something no one else had done, and their unfailing determination. With a full complement of maps, photographs (where available), illustrations, time lines, and document reproductions, a full story is told. Well-written and thoroughly researched, this series will make a solid addition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604134209
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Great Explorers Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The High Ledge 6

2 Bees and Skis 12

3 Men and Mountains 19

4 The Southern Approach 29

5 Going for the Gold 42

6 To the Top 53

7 The Pole 62

8 Joy and Sorrow 73

9 Rebirth 85

10 Fathers and Sons 92

Chronology and Timeline 100

Glossary 103

Bibliography 104

Further Resources 105

Picture Credits 107

Index 108

About the Author 112

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