All Things Considered, January 10, 2008 · The first man to summit Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, has died. He was 88.
In 1953, Hillary — a beekeeper by trade — and his team reached the mountain’s south peak. But, exhausted by the altitude, most team members could go no farther. Only Hillary and a native Nepalese climber, Tenzing Norgay, continued on.
David Breashears, a fellow climber, talks with Robert Siegel about the life of his friend, Sir Edmund Hillary. Breashears says Hillary initially gained fame for the climb, but afterward, he dedicated much of his life to supporting the Sherpas in the Himalayas.