Story: Hillary, Edmund Percival

Hillary and Ayres on Aoraki/Mt Cook, 1947

Hillary and Ayres on Aoraki/Mt Cook, 1947

In 1946 Edmund Hillary met Harry Ayres, a respected professional mountain guide, and together they climbed a number of peaks. They were photographed together on the summit of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook, on 30 January 1947. Through this and other expeditions, Hillary acquired technical mountaineering skills to complement his superb fitness and outstanding climbing ability.

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Shaun Barnett. 'Hillary, Edmund Percival', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2010. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2023)