By Roadtrip Nation

Peter Hillary


My road in life has been direct.
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.


High School
University of Auckland, New Zealand


Mountaineer / Public Speaker / Writer

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

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Action Sports
Being Physically Active

Interviewed By

Los Angeles - Auckland, New Zealand

Los Angeles - Auckland, New Zealand

Three young Americans fly to New Zealand to embark on a four-week roadtrip on the other side of the world. Meeting up in Los Angeles, Ray, Fawna, and Allison fly to Auckland. Upon arrival, they paint their RV home and experience the challenge of driving on the other side of the road. Their first interview is with adventurer and mountain climber Peter Hillary. Then they meet up with fashion designer Trelise Cooper and hip-hop and graffiti artist DLT.