This talk about Edmund Hilary prompted me to read this article about another biographical book on his life.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/books/news/ar ... d=10840255
2 passages from the article jumped out at me.
But it inspired Hillary to help the locals build a school during his time there. One project followed another and led to the formation of his life's greatest achievement, the Himalayan Trust, which has worked to improve the lives of local people ever since.
Fellow mountaineer and humanitarian Graeme Dingle says Hillary avoided the usual approach at the time, which was to ask a New Zealand company to build a school. Instead he asked the Sherpas what they needed and literally gave them the tools to do the job, making them equal partners
This is quite interesting because Hilary has obviously turned his nose up at the large Multi National Corporations. As well as the International banks for funding.
He later narrowly cheats death in one major airline disaster.
He emerged with the help of his old friend June Mulgrew, whose husband Peter had died in the 1979 Erebus tragedy while standing in for Hillary as an Antarctic tour guide on the Air New Zealand flight
I Never knew that Hilary had intended to be aboard the ill fated Mt. Erebus flight.
Which has always been surrounded in mystery (with it's obvious cover up) because of the fact that no motive could be found, for the deliberate sabotaging of the flight, when it's pre flight co ordinates were changed to make the plane fly directly into the side of a mountain, knowing that visibity conditions would be poor for the pilots.
The change in co-ordinates would be the major topic of controversy in following investigations and statements
The Air New Zealand flight that subsequently crashed into the side of Mt. Erebus as a result of a change made to it's pre flight co ordinates, is almost a dress rehearsal for the 1983 air disaster of flight KAL007 flight that strayed into Soviet air space, as a result of it's pre flight co ordinates also being changed, then ultimately shot down.
Aboard this flight was Congressman Larry McDonald thorn of the CFR & NWO.
Also in the article about Hilary, it looks as though he also cheated death in 1975 when he may well have intended to be aboard this flight.
In 1975 Louise and Belinda were killed in a plane crash in Nepal. The tragedy had a deep and lasting impact on Hillary, who by his own admission turned in on himself and failed to cope with his grief. He repeatedly said the accident had robbed him of the two people he loved most of all