Sir Edmund Percival Hillary was a Kiwi mountaineer, explorer, philanthropist and all round badass.
‘Well, George, we knocked the bastard off.’
— his first words to lifelong friend George Lowe on returning from Everest’s summit (1953)
January 9, 1912: Captain Scott’s Antarctic Expedition 1910 - 1912,
An expedition team member enjoying his can of Heinz baked beans.
Photo by H.G. Ponting - Popperfoto/Getty
Eric Shipton, Michael Ward and Edmund Hillary and members of the 1951 Mount Everest Expedition.
On 9 November 1951, Shipton and Ward were on the Menlunq Glacier at an altitude of 18,000 feet when they discovered Yeti foot prints!
Members of the 1951 Mount Everest Expedition.
December 14, 1911: First Man Reaches South Pole
karaOne of the Holy Grails.
Often imitated never duplicated.
Petty Officer Edgar Evans as photographed by Herbert Ponting, Antarctica, 1911.
Evans was on Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole when this photo was taken by expedition photographer Ponting. Scott, Evans and three others all died on the return 800 mile ski after having reached the South Pole.
Imagine the utter disappointment. You’ve been traveling on foot over bleak, endless Antarctic ice for 800 miles (the distance from Chicago to the Gulf of Mexico), anticipating being the first ever to reach the South Pole… and what’s that in the distance?… A tent with a Norwegian flag sticking out of it. The Norwegian Roald Amundsen and his party of skiers beat Robert Falcon Scott’s party to the South Pole by 5 weeks and left the tent and flag as evidence.
Here is the caption for this photo, describing the photo of Scott discovering Amundsen’s tent at the South Pole: “Discovery of Amundsen’s tent at the South Pole by Captain Scott’s party, January 18th 1912. This print was made from a negative in the roll film which lay for 8 months beside Scott’s body before it was found by the Search Party. Later developed. Photo by Lieutenant Henry ‘Birdie’ Bowers”
Scott’s anguish is indicated in his diary from that day: “The worst has happened. All the daydreams must go. Great God, this is an awful place”
All of Scott’s party died on the ice on the return march from the Pole.
Wilfred Noyce at the Summit of Everest.
Hornbien on the West Ridge