Sir Edmund Hillary trudged to the top of the world’s tallest peak — Mount Everest — along with Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953. Hillary was the first to reach Everest’s summit, and he passed away Friday in his native New Zealand at the age of 88.
Everest rests on the Asian border between Nepal and Tibet. It stands an astounding 29,035 feet tall, and those who tried to reach the summit prior to Hillary had either failed or perished.
As a child, Hillary was tall, gangly and uncoordinated, but he discovered he possessed great strength and endurance. In addition to scaling Everest, he also took expeditions to the North and South Poles.