NZ mountaineer Peter Hillary made a successful ascent of Mt McKinley, the
highest mountain in North America, and the final in his “Seven Summits”
series. He dedicated the climb to his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, who died 6
months ago on January 11, 2008. “After the last six months of incredible
memorials and farewells to my father it provided me with an opportunity to go
back to where it all started: in the mountains that inspired us both.
Completing the Seven Summits has been my salute to my father.”
2003 is a year of much celebration in the Hillary family. On the 29th May, 50
years ago, Sir Edmund Hillary made the historic first ascent of Mt Everest. To
commemorate his father’s achievement, Peter Hillary recently climbed to the
Hillary reached the summit of Mt McKinley in Alaska at 4 am, June 17 after a 6
hour climb in brutally cold conditions. Reporting via Iridium Satellite phone
from his camp at 17,200 feet after the climb, Hillary estimates it was minus
40 degrees and blowing 30 knots on the summit. McKinley is the highest summit
of North America, 6194 meters above sea level. McKinley (also known as Denali)
is situated near the Arctic circle in Alaska and therefore experiences
extremes of temperature.
Summits are the highest peaks on each of the seven Continents, and to complete
them is a goal of many top mountaineers. Hillary climbed the peaks in the
1.Everest: 29,029ft Nepal/Tibet (1990, 2002)
2.Aconcagua: 22,840ft Argentina, South America (1991)
Massif: 16,067 Ellsworth Range, Antarctica (1992)
Pyramid: 16,023 Indonesia, Oceania (1995)
5.Kilimanjaro: 19,339 Tanzania, Africa (2005)
18,481 Russia, Europe (2006)
McKinley: 20,320 Alaska, North America (2008)
due to return to his home in New Zealand later this month.
Peter Hillary here ....