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Peter Hillary
Peter Hillary

Peter Hillary

Auckland, null NZ

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

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Peter's work combines: Action Sports, Writing, and Being Physically Active

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Day In The Life

Mountaineer/Public Speaker/Writer

I'm a mountaineer and speaker, and I maintain the Himalayan Foundation's mission to help people in Nepal.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    University of Auckland, New Zealand

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Son of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to ever climb Mt. Everest.

  • 2.

    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.

  • 3.

    When he was a child, he grew up around climbing-his 12th birthday was spent near the base of Mt. Everest.

  • 4.

    Yet, for a long time, he limited his career options to lawyer, doctor, laborer, or engineer.

  • 5.

    He could never resist the pull of adventure, and he gradually went from rock climbing, to mountaineering, to climbing all Seven Summits.

  • 6.

    Spent years doing odd jobs to fund his mountaineering, until he realized he could mold his passion into a profitable career.

  • 7.

    Started advising on mountaineering trips, writing and speaking about his experiences, and designing outdoor equipment.

  • 8.

    He also runs the Himalayan Trust, which was started by his father, and works to eradicate poverty in the Everest region of Nepal.