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Edmund Hillary, First Atop Everest, Dead at 88

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Edmund Hillary, First Atop Everest, Dead at 88

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Edmund Hillary, First Atop Everest, Dead at 88

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Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to stand atop Mount Everest, died in Auckland, New Zealand. He was 88. Hillary along with Tenzing Norgay, his Sherpa guide, were the first to conquer the world's highest mountain in 1953.

Phillipa Tolley, a reporter with Radio New Zealand about Hillary's life, speaks with Steve Inskeep.

Climber Edmund Hillary, Everest Pioneer, Dies at 88

Climber Edmund Hillary, Everest Pioneer, Dies at 88

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New Zealand-born mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary sits at base camp in Nepal in May 1953.

New Zealand-born mountaineer Edmund Hillary prepares for his successful attempt to be the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal, in May 1953. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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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.

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