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Looking back at the Trans-Antarctic Expedition

He recalls that his passion for the extreme probably began when he first saw the snow, during a school holiday at New Zealand’s Tongariro National Park, at the age of sixteen. He was a young teenager living in the countryside and he had never seen the magic of snow. Since that day, Sir Edmund Hillary has spent a great deal of his life amid snow and ice, blizzards and storms, high snowy peaks close to the sky and turbulent rivers flowing down to the sea.

In May 1953 he was the first to reach the summit of Mt Everest

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