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hutch0
Date: 2008-01-10 23:34
Subject: he stood on the roof of the world and looked out over all of us
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I've no idea what kind of man Edmund Hillary was, but to paraphrase a line from Firefly, he did the impossible, and that made him mighty. Everest is still a killer of a mountain, but these days it's like Piccadilly Circus up there. Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first human beings ever to set foot on its summit, at a time when no one was even sure it was physically possible.
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RealThog: morgan brighteyes
User: realthog
Date: 2008-01-10 23:52 (UTC)
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Just been e-mailing this to a list:

I was thinking of all his conservation/environment work. The mountaineers I've met have mostly been pretty good folk, but a lot of them'd have been content to relax on the laurels of the Everest climb: sell the book and movie rights and you could live on the residuals for the rest of your life without ever again having to lift a finger. Not Hillary, though. He *did* something with it all. I'm genuinely saddened.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-10 23:57 (UTC)
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Absolutely. And the work he did for the Sherpa people in Nepal. The BBC obituary quotes him as saying, "My most worthwhile things have been the building of schools and clinics. That has given me more satisfaction than a footprint on a mountain."
A proper man, in other words.
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RealThog: morgan brighteyes
User: realthog
Date: 2008-01-11 00:02 (UTC)
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Keyword:morgan brighteyes
"My most worthwhile things have been the building of schools and clinics. That has given me more satisfaction than a footprint on a mountain."

That was the quote lurking somewhere at the back of my brain but which I just couldn't pull out.

As you say, if humans are for anything, it's for this kind of stuff.
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RealThog: morgan brighteyes
User: realthog
Date: 2008-01-11 00:06 (UTC)
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Keyword:morgan brighteyes
"As you say"

Oops. Meant to type: "As you imply . . ."
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-11 00:09 (UTC)
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Agreed. As I said, I have no idea what he was like, but reading the various obits he seems to have been a genuinely humble man, who turned down an invitation from the Queen on the fiftieth anniversary of the ascent because he was travelling to Nepal to visit the Sherpas.
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