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He is also the unlikely, but ide ...
He is also the unlikely, but ideal, diplomat who was proud to represent his country as New Zealand’s High Commissioner in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan, to receive the Order of the Garter from the Queen, and to see his face smiling from the New Zealand five-dollar bill.
All this is a long way to come for the shy, strictly raised country boy who went into the family bee-keeping business in New Zealand just before the Second World War but whose real love was for the challenging exploratory climbing routes in his native Southern Alps. Ed Hillary’s strength on ice and snow commended him to the legendary Eric Shipton, with whom he enjoyed some gruelling and at times hair-raising Himalayan forays before being nominated by Shipton for the British 1953 attempt on Everest. View from the Summit is a thoughtful and honest reappraisal of a life spent pushing human ability to its limits and relishing the challenges thrown down by the elements. It is also the story of a man whom the world has taken to its heart.
Subjects: Non-fiction, Lifestyle, Sport And Leisure, Biography & True Stories, Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military, Autobiography: Sport, True Stories Of Heroism, Endurance & Survival, Sport & Outdoor Recreation, Climbing & Mountaineering, New Zealand, NZ Biography & True Stories, Science And Technology, Earth Science, Mountains