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  A CLIMB FOR SIR ED - PETER HILLARY SUMMITS MT MCKINLEY: Peter Hillary completes the 7 Summits !!!


Yesterday 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 summit

Peter 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.  

The Seven 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 following order:  

1.Everest:  29,029ft   Nepal/Tibet (1990, 2002)

2.Aconcagua:  22,840ft  Argentina, South America (1991)

3.Vinson Massif:  16,067 Ellsworth Range, Antarctica (1992)

4.Carstenz Pyramid: 16,023 Indonesia, Oceania (1995)

5.Kilimanjaro: 19,339 Tanzania, Africa (2005)

6.Elbrus: 18,481 Russia, Europe (2006)

7.Mt McKinley: 20,320 Alaska, North America (2008) 

Peter is due to return to his home in New Zealand later this month.

More on Peter Hillary here ....

 

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