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In celebration of his father's historic first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, Peter Hillary climbed to the summit of the world's highest mountain for his second time on the 25th of May 2002 as part of a National Geographic documentary. When he first made the summit of Mount Everest in 1990, he and his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, became the first father and son to accomplish this pinnacle of adventuring achievement.
In January 1999, 42 years after Sir Edmund's epic Antarctic journey, they did it again; this time becoming the first father and son to have reached the South Pole overland from the coast and both of them establishing new routes to the South Pole. In 1981 he did the first high altitude traverse of the Himalayan Range a 3000 mile/5000 kms route from Mt Kanchenjunga in Sikkim through Nepal and India to K2 in Pakistan. The trio of Graeme Dingle, Chewang Tashi and Peter Hillary averaged over 13,000-feet/4000 meters altitude for the 10 months of the expedition.
In May 2008, Peter Hillary attended a special celebratory dinner for the 55th anniversary of his father's historic ascent. The dinner was located at Tengboche Monastery at 13,000 feet to help raise funds for the schools and hospitals in the Mt. Everest region and throughout the Himalayas. He is a member of the Himalayan Trust, an organization founded by his father to assist the local people of the Mount Everest region, where they have built and run 42 schools, hospitals and medical clinics. Since 1992, he has taken over 1000 teenagers to assist with construction work on some of the Himalayan community projects. He works with the American Himalayan Foundation in San Francisco, the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation of Canada in Toronto and is a director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation in Sydney.
Mr. Hillary has completed his final "Seven Summits" after climbing Mt. McKinley, 20,320 feet, Denali Alaska, North America in June 2008. His other climbs were Everest, 29,029 feet, Nepal/Tibet (1990, 2002); Aconcagua, 22,840, Argentina, South America (1991); Vinson Massif, 16,067 feet, Ellsworth Range, Antarctica (1992); Carstenz Pyramid, 16,023 feet, Indonesia, Oceania (1995); Kilimanjaro, 19,339 feet, Tanzania, Africa (2005); and Elbrus, 18,481 feet, Russia, Europe (2006).
Peter Hillary was born in 1954 in New Zealand, and educated at King's College, Auckland, and Auckland University. He is married to Yvonne Oomen, they have four children and he resides in Auckland New Zealand and Melbourne Australia.
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