Mountain climber and Antarctic explorer Sir Edmund Hillary reached the South Pole by tractor on this day in 1958. Nine years later, he was among the first to scale Antarctica’s Mount Herschel at 10,941 feet. The son of a beekeeper, Hillary began climbing as a teenager in his native New Zealand. On May 29, 1953, he became the first explorer to reach the summit of 29,029-foot Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
He was accompanied by a Tibetan mountaineer, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Hillary was knighted and received many other honors for his achievements in Nepal, particularly the Sherpas. In 2003, 50 years after his epic climb up Everest, Hillary was made an honorary citizen of Nepal.
Sir Edmund Hillary is known throughout the world for one thing. He went where no one else had gone and he loved to climb mountains. What mountains are you going to climb in 2017?