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One heck of a retirement

When I am 87 years old I hope I'm spry enough to be able to handle a trip to the South Pole.

To take part in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Scott Base (New Zealand) in Antarctica, Sir Edmund Hillary flew down on January 18th, 2007, for what is probably his last trip to the Antarctic Continent.

I hadn't realized he was even still alive until mcpenguin mentioned him being down there. The man has certainly had an interesting life!

He was the first person to ever stand on both poles as well as Mt. Everest. He is also the only living person pictured on New Zealand's currency.

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anonymous_greg
Jan. 20th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
He was the first person to ever stand on both poles as well as Mt. Everest.

Damn! He must have incredibly long legs!
And flexibility beyond belief! O.O
anonymous_greg
Jan. 20th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
P.S. ...
Don't hurt me! :D
hellziggy
Jan. 20th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
Re: P.S. ...
You are in quite an odd mood today, aren't you?
anonymous_greg
Jan. 20th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
Re: P.S. ...
Odd? Rascally. Rascally. :D
kniblet
Jan. 20th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Re: P.S. ...
Surely that's wascally?






What?
anonymous_greg
Jan. 20th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
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Who'you callin' a wabbit??
hellziggy
Jan. 20th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Eid somebody say wabbit? :)
kniblet
Jan. 20th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
Wabbit? Where?
allegraconbrio
Jan. 20th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
Wow. I didn't know that he was still alive, either. He is one of those historical figures that is, y'know, historical. That is awesome. Thanks for posting about this Ziggy.
hellziggy
Jan. 20th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
Since friending mcpenguin I've just become fascinated with Antarctica!
mr_felis
Jan. 20th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
Quite a remarkable man he is, that's true. It is still disputed though who stood first on the top of Mt.Everest, Hillary or Tenzig Norgay. When they came down they actually claimed to have done it simultaneously.
hellziggy
Jan. 20th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
Poorly worded on my part. It wasn't meant that he was the first of all of those. I meant that he was the first that had accomplished all three.
mr_felis
Jan. 20th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
I actually got that. poorly worded on my part it seems ;-) Only pointing out that popular history seems sadly to have forgotten about Tenzig while rightly celebrating Hillary.
kniblet
Jan. 20th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
When we're 87 we'll go together.

But you'll still be older. :D
hellziggy
Jan. 20th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, but we'll have your young whippersnapper of a husband to take care of us! He'll only be 84. :)
kniblet
Jan. 20th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
That's true. And yours will probably still be sturdy enough to carry our luggage. (And us, should the need arise.)
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