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Last updated on July 2nd, 2017 at 12:49 pm
Sir Edmund Hillary, shown above with fellow Everest conquerer Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, has died at 88. Weird political footnote: Hillary Clinton claimed to have been named after the famous mountaineer, which was odd, since he was an unknown New Zealand beekeeper at the time of Hillary’s birth.
UPDATE. From Time:
The descent was as arduous as the climb. Their path had been erased by strong winds, so they repacked every step. Finally, after more than four exhausting hours, they saw fellow team member George Lowe who had climbed up to meet them. Lowe asked Hillary how the attempt had gone.
“Well,” replied the unassuming conquerer. “We knocked the bastard off.”