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Peter's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Yankee Kiwis

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Auckland, NZ

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

PETER HILLARY

Mountaineer/Public Speaker/Writer

“If you don't take that risk, really, the risk is even greater. You never know what could have been.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fear Passion Family Pressure Experience Risk Culture Exploration Failure Opportunity Confidence

FOUNDATION:

Being Physically Active

TAGS:

calculated risk, caring, conversations, death, disasters, evolution, expeditions, hypocrisy, loss, money, mountain climbing, mt. everest, odd jobs, people, positivity, preparations, relationships, sensible, society, technology

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Son of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to ever climb Mt. Everest.
  • People often criticize him for following in his father's footsteps, but in fact, his father always told him to get a stable, 9-to-5 job.
  • When he was a child, he grew up around climbing-his 12th birthday was spent near the base of Mt. Everest.
  • Yet, for a long time, he limited his career options to lawyer, doctor, laborer, or engineer.
  • He could never resist the pull of adventure, and he gradually went from rock climbing, to mountaineering, to climbing all Seven Summits.
  • Spent years doing odd jobs to fund his mountaineering, until he realized he could mold his passion into a profitable career.
  • Started advising on mountaineering trips, writing and speaking about his experiences, and designing outdoor equipment.
  • He also runs the Himalayan Trust, which was started by his father, and works to eradicate poverty in the Everest region of Nepal.

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