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SIR EDMUND P. HILLARY - BOOK SIGNED - HFSID 276290

SIR EDMUND HILLARY Sir Edmund Hillary signs a book of his account of a journey up the Ganges to the Himalayas. Book signed: "Ed Hillary", 272p, 6½x9½. Edmund Hillary, From the Ocean to the Sky: Jet boating up the Ganges. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1979. Hard cover, with dust jacket enclosed in plastic. Signed on title page.

Sale Price $467.50

Reg. $550.00

Condition: lightly creased
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SIR EDMUND HILLARY
Sir Edmund Hillary signs a book of his account of a journey up the Ganges to the Himalayas.
Book signed: "Ed Hillary", 272p, 6½x9½. Edmund Hillary, From the Ocean to the Sky: Jet boating up the Ganges. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1979. Hard cover, with dust jacket enclosed in plastic. Signed on title page. Many pages of maps and b/w photographs. On May 29, 1953, with Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. As a member of the Commonwealth Transantarctic Expedition (1957-1958), Hillary was the first person since Robert F. Scott (January 18, 1912) to reach the South Pole overland (January 3, 1958). During the winter of 1956, Hillary and his New Zealand crew had established Scott Base on the New Zealand side of Antarctica. On October 14, 1957, they began setting up supply depots for the crossing of Vivian Fuchs, who had set out from the opposite end of the continent at Shackleton Base on November 24, 1957. After Fuchs reached the Pole on January 20, 1958, Hillary and Fuchs completed the final stretch of Fuchs' 2,500-mile, 99-day transantarctic expedition. In 1977, Hillary and five others journeyed by jet boat from the mouth of the India's Ganges River as far as the river permitted, with the intention of climbing on to the highest spot in the Himalayas where the great river began. Hillary himself, having ascended to rapidly and uncharacteristically overcome with altitude sickness, was unable to participate in the final ascent of Akash Parbat. The epic journey is described in this book. Dust jacket lightly creased. Fine condition.

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