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Pioneering is part of who we are

Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) 

Pioneering is part of who we are. That’s why each Ryman village is named after a Kiwi or Aussie trailblazer. Anthony Wilding, Lady Diana Isaac, Evelyn Page to name a few. They lived with passion and purpose, they pushed further, they went beyond the ordinary. That’s exactly what we strive to do every day at Ryman. To pioneer a new way of living, for a new retirement generation.

In 1953, New Zealander Sir Edmund (Ed) Hillary was the first mountaineer to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In recognition, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Following this feat, Ed climbed another 10 Himalayan mountain peaks among many other expeditions. An adventurer to his core, he reached the South Pole in 1958 and the North Pole in 1985. The latter was achieved in partnership with astronaut Neil Armstrong. Ed’s relentless determination in the face of adversity resulted in him being the first man to climb Mount Everest and reach both the North and South Poles.

In the years after his Everest success, Ed’s primary agenda was the wellbeing of the Nepalis, specifically the Sherpas. Seven years after his famed ascent he founded the Himalayan Trust which provided airfields, hospitals, and schools in remote areas of Nepal. In 2003 he was made an honorary citizen of Nepal.

Sir Ed was a modest, humble man and is the face of New Zealand’s $5 note. In 2008, his life achievements were acknowledged by New Zealand with a state funeral.

A biography Edmund Hillary by Kevin Boon was published in 1991. Five years later, Sir Edmund Hillary: Everest and Beyond written by Whitney Stewart was published.