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Sir Edmund Hillary and his legacy

Updated: January 11, 2008, 10:14 PM ET
By James A. Swan, Ph.D. | ESPNOutdoors.com

May 23, 1953, at 11:30 a.m., a quiet New Zealand beekeeper, Edmund Hillary, astounded the world by being the first man to reach the summit of the world's tallest mountain, the 29,029 feet (or 8,000 meters) Mt. Everest, or "Qomolangma" — "The Goddess Mother of The Earth" in Tibetan.

The only other person to share the feat was his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay. Norgay did not know how to use a camera, so that peak experience remains forever shared only by those two explorers.

Hillary's ...

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