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Edmund Hillary (Mountaineer)

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
Edmund Hillary
While on top of Everest, I looked across the valley towards the great peak Makalu and mentally worked out a route about how it could be climbed. It showed me that even though I was standing on top of the world, it wasn't the end of everything. I was still looking beyond to other interesting challenges.
Edmund Hillary war
Good planning is important. I've also regarded a sense of humor as one of the most important things on a big expedition. When you're in a difficult or dangerous situation, or when you're depressed about the chances of success, someone who can make you laugh eases the tension.
Edmund Hillary humor
When you go to the mountains, you see them and you admire them. In a sense, they give you a challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them.
Edmund Hillary you
I think I mainly climb mountains because I get a great deal of enjoyment out of it. I never attempt to analyze these things too thoroughly, but I think that all mountaineers do get a great deal of satisfaction out of overcoming some challenge which they think is very difficult for them, or which perhaps may be a little dangerous.
Edmund Hillary joy
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.
Edmund Hillary people
I think it all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it.
Edmund Hillary motivation
I am a lucky man. I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.
Edmund Hillary men
Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow in a high mountain gully and feel the same urge to climb towards it.
Edmund Hillary war
Tourism is a very big economic benefit to the Sherpa people, and also, they have very strong ties to their own social attitudes and their own religion, so fortunately, they're not too influenced by many of our Western attitudes.
Edmund Hillary religion
Life's a bit like mountaineering - never look down.
Edmund Hillary life
No one remembers who climbed Mount Everest the second time.
Edmund Hillary time
There is something about building up a comradeship - that I still believe is the greatest of all feats - and sharing in the dangers with your company of peers. It's the intense effort, the giving of everything you've got. It's really a very pleasant sensation.
Edmund Hillary anger
On the summit of Everest, I had a feeling of great satisfaction to be first there.
Edmund Hillary action
Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.
Edmund Hillary life
The Sherpas play a very important role in most mountaineering expeditions, and in fact many of them lead along the ridges and up to the summit.
Edmund Hillary man
Ever since the morning of May 29, 1953, when Tenzing Norgay and I became the first climbers to step onto the summit of Mount Everest, I've been called a great adventurer.
Edmund Hillary adventure
Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.
Edmund Hillary money
I have enjoyed great satisfaction from my climb of Everest and my trips to the poles. But there's no doubt that my most worthwhile things have been the building of schools and medical clinics.
Edmund Hillary joy
I'm sure the feeling of fear, as long as you can take advantage of it and not be rendered useless by it, can make you extend yourself beyond what you would regard as your capacity. If you're afraid, the blood seems to flow freely through the veins, and you really do feel a sense of stimulation.
Edmund Hillary fear
When I was climbing, I built up a close relationship with the Sherpa people.
Edmund Hillary people
I enjoyed climbing with other people, good friends, but I did quite a lot of solo climbing, too.
Edmund Hillary people
It's not a real adventure when you have to pay for it.
Edmund Hillary adventure
Many people have been getting too casual about climbing Everest. I forecast a disaster many times.
Edmund Hillary time
I've always hated the danger part of climbing, and it's great to come down again because it's safe.
Edmund Hillary art
I am hell-bent for the South Pole-God willing and crevasses permitting.
Edmund Hillary god
I think the really good mountaineer is the man with the technical ability of the professional and with the enthusiasm and freshness of approach of the amateur.
Edmund Hillary man

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