Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008)

>> Thursday, January 10, 2008

Sir Edmund Hillary, famous as the first man to reach the top of Everest, has passed away. He was 88 years old, but also immortal, although I can't help wondering if he wasn't merely the first person we know to have reached the top of Everest. After all, how do we know there wasn't some bold and breathless fellow up on the top of Everest 1,000 years ago, or 3,000?

Doesn't matter: it was an epic accomplishment in any era. Here's what Sir Edmund had to look at when he got there:

...except that you should really click on this link and look at the full photograph by Roddy Mackenzie on the Astronomy Picture Of The Day website--it turns out that the view from the top of Everest is one of the most spectacular vistas on Earth and that this statement isn't merely as obvious as it sounds. This is what it looks like when you're still standing on the ground but the entirety of the planet Earth is underneath you; every mountain is somewhere below your gaze and the only way you could be closer to the stars would be if you stepped entirely off the world and into the overhanging abyss.

Goodnight, Sir Edmund.


Wellsian,  Friday, January 11, 2008 at 4:00:00 PM EST  

Awesome. Perfect pic for the moment. (/dicksucking)

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