Himalayan Mountaineer. Global Philanthropist. Climbing Royalty.
We are all inspired by epic adventure. The name Hillary is synonymous with exploration and Himalayan mountaineering. Peter Hillary has been on 40 mountaineering expeditions around the world, including five to the top of the world—Mount Everest.
When Peter first climbed Everest, he made history as the first son to have followed in his father’s footsteps to the summit of the world’s highest mountain. He made his second ascent of Everest in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the day his father, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the peak, marking the first time it had been done. Peter and Sir Edmund were also the first two generations of one family to establish new routes across Antarctica to the South Pole. Peter has also completed the elusive holy grail for most climbers, reaching the ‘Seven Summits’ (the highest mountain on each continent).
The thing Peter is most proud of is the legacy his family will leave behind through the foundations his father founded—and his family continues to nurture—to provide health, environment and education services for the people in the Himalayas. Together with the local people of Nepal, they funded and built 42 schools and hospitals at the foot of Mount Everest. They crafted all of these programs at the request of the local Sherpa people and in partnership with them. Peter believes that with the privilege to explore the world and meet its people comes the moral obligation to give back to them and their communities. This guiding light is present in everything he does.
Peter speaks to audiences ranging from 12 to 12,000, captivating them with authentic, spine-tingling, and at times hilarious stories about his adventures. He links his own challenges to the achievement of goals for any individual, and focuses on the importance of preparation, perseverance, teamwork, caution and good judgement—as well as staying present to enjoy the journey. The consistent feedback we receive from our audiences is that Peter leaves people charged, inspired, and raring to go.
Climb Your Own Everest
Peter Hillary’s life is a testament to setting goals and achieving them. His skill, driving ambition, and good judgement have enabled him to summit mountains and survive ferocious storms and avalanches. He is a communicator, a storyteller, and a skilled assessor of what works and what doesn’t in critical situations. With a history of world-class achievements in climbing, he is an inspiring adventurer from one of the great families of mountaineering. Like his father, the late Sir Edmund Hillary, who made the first ascent of Mt Everest in 1953, Peter has summited Everest and reached the South Pole on skis, forging a new route across Antarctica.
In this enthralling presentation, Peter Hillary reveals what it takes to summit the world’s highest mountain, to travel to the ends of the earth, and why K2 earned its nickname, “the savage mountain.’
Photos: courtesy Peter Hillary