2003 is a year
of much celebration in the Hillary family. On the 29th May, 50 years
ago, Sir Edmund Hillary made the historic first ascent of Mt
Everest. To commemorate his father’s achievement, Peter Hillary
recently climbed to the summit of the world’s highest mountain on a
National Geographic sponsored expedition. The story of that
expedition—and of the intervening years since the first climb in
1953, is retold in National Geographic’s big film of the year,
Surviving Everest. Peter first climbed Mount Everest in 1990, at
which time he and Sir Edmund became the first father and son to have
accomplished this pinnacle of adventuring achievement. They are also
the first two generations of one family to have reached the South
Pole overland from the Antarctic Coast. Both of them established new
routes to the South Pole.
achievements from Peter Hillary’s lifetime of high adventure
mountaineering expeditions including Everest West Ridge, Makalu
West Pillar, Mt Vinson, Aconcagua, Lhotse, Amadablam and Carstenz
storm on K2: In 1995 Peter Hillary turned his back on a climb of
the world’s second highest mountain, the notorious K2. He was just
a few hundred metres from the summit. He survived, but the storm
claimed the lives of seven others he’d been climbing with.
aircraft at the North Pole with Sir Edmund and astronaut Neil
The first ski
descent of Mt Aspiring: the Matterhorn of the Southern Hemisphere.
high-altitude traverse of the Himalayan Range, 1981: a 3000
mile/5000 kms route from Mt Kanchenjunga in Sikkim through Nepal
and India to K2 in Pakistan.
‘Ocean to the Sky’: jetboating up the sacred Ganges river with his
father in 1977, from the Sundarbunds in the Bay of Bengal to high
in the Himalayas near Badrinath, where they made first ascents of
Mount Nar Parbat and Mount Akash Parbat.
in the Coral Sea: feeding and filming sharks with Ron and Valerie
Taylor at the Osprey Reef 200 kms off the north Queensland coast.
Peter is an
adventure travel operator and guide specialising in the Himalayas and
Antarctica. He guided Qantas CEO James Strong on Mt Vinson in Antarctica
and entrepreneur Dick Smith up Carstenz Pyramid in Irian Jaya. He holds
a commercial pilot’s license for fixed wing aircraft. He also works as a
professional public speaker and writer. He is the author of four
mountaineering books and one children’s book with a sixth book due for
publication in New York in late 2003; he writes magazine articles, works
on outdoor equipment design and marketing for Fairydown Adventure, the
same company that equipped his father and Tenzing in 1953.
Peter has featured
extensively on television including two interviews on
Good Morning America,
The Late Show with David Letterman,
countless major radio programs and print media such as
The New York Times and
Parade Magazine. He has appeared
in numerous documentaries, including the recent National Geographic feature,
Surviving Everest, in 2003.
Peter is a member of the
Himalayan Trust, an organisation 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, Peter has taken over 1,000
teenagers to assist with construction work on some of the Himalayan Trust
hospitals and schools and other community projects.
Television, Film and radio
documentary celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the climbing of Mt Everest,
premiered April 2003.
Late Show with David Letterman
– In-studio interview in
New York with David Letterman
– Two interviews; one
live via satellite from Scott Base, Antarctica; the other an in-studio New
Close and Personal
– Feature interview with
Ray Martin, Channel Nine, Australia (two appearances)
Matukituki Ramble: Trekking and Climbing in New Zealand's South Island,
Parts One and Two produced by Anyplace Wild for PBS
of the Mountaineers: Trekking and Climbing in New Zealand,
Parts One and Two, part of the series
Environmental Recreation Group, Inc in Camden, Maine, aired in most states
of the US on PBS during mid-1998
Everest Expedition video
for the Australian Wool Corporation
programme for Channel 7,
Australia, in 1987 and '88, as a programme presenter
India, a personal encounter,
Filming sharks on the
Great Barrier Reef, 1985.
Return to Everest
with the National
Geographic, 1980 and 1983.
the Ocean to the Sky
with Sir Edmund Hillary,
with Sir Edmund Hillary,
Numerous other minor
documentary films and promotional films; and countless interviews for
television and radio in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the
United Kingdom, including the BBC, NHK and Associated Press.
Cisco; Lucent Technologies; Worcester Foundation, U.S; Mars Confectionery; L.G
Philips; Golden Key Society; Qantas Chief Executive’s Club; NZ Tourism
Foundation in Germany; Hauser Foundation, Germany; YPO Melbourne; and numerous
other appearances for corporations such as IBM, McDonalds, Caltex, Mobil,
Shell, The Federal Group, KPMG, Wang, Compaq, Tower, AMP, Andersen’s
Consulting, IMAX, Iridium, Telecom, Telstra, and several insurance and
A Sunny day in the Himalayas,
Hodder & Stoughton
First Across The Roof Of The World,
Hodder & Stoughton
Two Generations (with Sir
Edmund Hillary), Hodder & Stoughton
Rimo: Mountain on the Silk, Road
Hodder & Stoughton
Bridgit Was Bored, [children's
story] Hodder & Stoughton
In the Name of the Father,
Qantas Inflight Magazine, 1995
Everest Is Mighty, We Are Fragile,
New York Times, 25 May, 1996
In the Ghost Country, Simon &
Schuster, to be published in 2003
(includes design, field-testing and promotion)
• Arthur Ellis & Co., Christchurch, New Zealand
• American Recreation Products, St Louis, Missouri, USA
Peter Hillary was born in Auckland in 1954. He is the son of Sir Edmund and
Lady Louise Hillary. He is married and has four children
The Hillary Difference
What are the key
differences Peter Hillary can provide in his presentations compared to
other Everest climbers and adventurers on the speaking circuit?
1. An historic Everest
connection: >From his father, Sir Edmund Hillary’s, first ascent of the
mountain in 1953 through to Peter’s own climbs to the summit in 1990 and 2002.
Peter and Sir Edmund
Hillary are the first two generations of one family to climb the world’s
2. Philanthropy &
Generosity: Giving something back to the people who provided assistance to the
Hillarys on their climbs. Sir Edmund and the Hillary family has built and run
42 schools, hospitals and medical clinics among the subsistence farming
villages at the foot of Everest. Nepal is one of the three poorest countries
in the world.
To pursue your own goals
is great, but it is even greater to help others reach theirs.
3. High Drama & Survival
on K2: the world’s second highest mountain. Six men and one women died in a
furious storm on K2. Of those on the summit pyramid that day only Hillary
Peter is a survivor. His
is a message of trusting yourself and your intuition.
4. Passion for Life and
Challenges: Peter Hillary has experienced 39 expeditions and alpine seasons.
including to the North Pole in small aircraft with Neil Armstrong and Ed
Hillary and in 1999 skiing a new route 1500 kilometres across Antarctica to
the South Pole.
Peter Hillary lives life
with an adventurous attitude.
5. The Hillary Formula:
Peter clearly identifies attributes that propel the audience towards their own
summits and successes.
Peter Hillary’s formula
stresses: never lose sight of where you want to go; be focused, be passionate,
learn to be self-reliant, have fun, demonstrate your integrity, show your
generosity, use your judgement & intuition, be a survivor. Peter believes that
“uncertainty = excitement.”
the Hillary Difference
tailors each presentation to meet the client's requirements. He delivers
the ultimate motivational message from his lifetime of creating and
facing challenges. Peter can also provide a more light-hearted, after-dsinner
presentation, with just the right blend of humour, suspense and
excitement. The following three presentations are among his most
Your Own Everest:
Hillary’s 10 Steps to
the Summit of the World
1. Nothing ventured; nothing gained
2. Challenge = uncertainty = excitement
3. Fear makes you focus
4. Passion gives you confidence
5. Fun makes for a great team
6. Make sure you have more than one thing to live for
7. Resist the “flock factor”
8. “You are all you have”
9. Great challenges result in powerful experiences
10. A View from the Summit..to new horizons
This is an
inspirational presentation with many entertaining stories, woven around
the principles that helped put the first father and son on top of the
world. Ideal as a motivational address or as an after-dinner speech.
Ends of the Earth
An extraordinary 15-year quest that led Peter Hillary to the North Pole, the
South Pole, and the summit of Everest: The Dream, The Drive and the Dedication
to the Goal.
Turning dreams into
The importance of the
Dealing with tension and
conflict in the team
Living outside your
comfort zone for long periods of time
Seeking out and
rejoicing in the beauty of our world
Setting new goals once
you’ve achieved the dream.
This is a keynote address
that’s inspirational and entertaining. It’s about goal-setting, problem
solving and never losing sight of where you want to go.
K2 Crisis: Survive… and
A story of those who died - and those who survived - on K2, the world’s most
savage mountain. Because surviving is the name of the game.
The secrets of surviving
against the odds
Listening to your inner
Balancing risk with
Judging the situation
Learning from your
Life is the story of
your challenges and what you learned from them
It doesn’t matter whether
it is surviving a storm on a mountain or getting your team safely through a
crisis; if you survive, you live to play another day, and you will be all the
stronger for the experience. This is a very powerful story that will leave
your audience breathless
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