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Everest 2003





Peter Hillary: Motivational Speaker


·25 years experience in extreme risk environments

·Climbed Mt. Everest twice; most recently in 2002 for a National Geographic Documentary

·Forged a new route across Antarctica to the South Pole

·First to traverse the length of the Himalayas

·Assists his father Sir Edmund Hillary in raising funds for the people of Nepal


·Appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America

·In 2003: celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his father’s historic first climb of Mt Everest:

Author of five books with his latest – In the Ghost Country – due for release in May 2003

Speaking Topics: Hillary focuses on developing skills: seeing excitement in uncertainty, balancing risk with caution, and achieving extraordinary goals through preparation and perseverance.

·       Climb Your Own Everest

·       To the Ends of the Earth

·       K2: Survive... and Thrive

·       Giving Something Back

Traveling from California



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.


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 reality

·      Persistence and Perseverance

·      The importance of the People Factor

·      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. 


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 wisdom

·        Balancing risk with caution

·        Judging the situation for yourself

·        Becoming truly self-reliant

·        Learning from your mistakes

·        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.


Nearly 50 years on, and in celebration of his father’s historic first ascent of Mt Everest, Peter Hillary has climbed for the second time to the summit of the world’s highest mountain.  When Peter first summitted Mt Everest in 1990, he and his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, became the first father and son to have accomplished this pinnacle of adventuring achievement.  In January 1999, 42 years after Sir Edmund’s epic Antarctic journey, they did it again; this time becoming the first father and son to have reached the South Pole overland from the coast and both of them establishing new routes to the South Pole.  These are but two highlights in what has been a lifetime of high adventure.


·       Mountaineering expeditions include Everest West Ridge, Makalu West Pillar, Mt Vinson, Aconcagua, Lhotse, Amadablam and Carstenz Pyramid. In all, Peter Hillary has been on 38 expeditions and alpine seasons.

·       Surviving the storm on K2: In 1995 eight climbers were headed for the summit of this, one of the world’s most treacherous mountains.  Peter turned away 1200 feet/400m from the summit in the ‘bottle-neck’ just in time to retreat as a horrifying storm hit the mountain, taking the lives of all seven of his colleagues, including British climber Alison Hargreaves.

·       Landing small aircraft at the North Pole with Sir Edmund and astronaut Neil Armstrong.

·       First ski descent of Mt Aspiring: the Matterhorn of the Southern Hemisphere.

·       First Across the Roof of the World: The first 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. The trio of Graeme Dingle, Chewang Tashi and Peter averaged over 13,000 feet/4000 meters altitude for the 10 months of the expedition.

·       From the ‘Ocean to the Sky’: jetboating up the sacred Ganges river with his father in 1977. They drove up the river from the Sundarbunds in the Bay of Bengal to high in the Himalayas near Badrinath where they made first ascents of Mounts Nar Parbat and Akash Parbat.

·       Shark frenzies in the Coral Sea: feeding and filming sharks with Ron and Valerie Taylor at the Osprey Reef 200 kms off the north Queensland coast.

Business: 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 May 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. He has worked on numerous television documentaries including two for National Geographic Television in Washington DC.

Media: Peter has worked extensively with television including interviews on Good Morning America and The Late Show with David Letterman, numerous major radio programs and print media such as the New York Times.

Philanthropy: 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 1000 teenagers to assist with construction work on some of the Himalayan Trust hospitals and schools and other community projects.

Television and Radio Involvements

·         National Geographic documentary celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the climbing of Mt Everest, to be aired in May 2003.

·         The Late Show with David Letterman – In-studio interview in New York with David Letterman

·         Good Morning America – Interview with Diane Sawyer, live via satellite from Scott Base, Antarctica

·         Up Close and Personal – Interview with Ray Martin, Channel Nine, Australia

·         “West Matukituki Ramble: Trekking and Climbing in New Zealand's South Island”, Parts One and Two produced by Anyplace Wild for PBS

·         “Sons of the Mountaineers: Trekking and Climbing in New Zealand”, Parts One and Two, part of the series Anyplace Wild produced by 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

·         The "Escape" programme for Channel 7, Australia, in 1987 and '88, as a programme presenter

·         The Everest Expedition film, 1987

·         The Rimo Expedition film, 1986

·         "India, a personal encounter", 1986

·         Filming sharks on the Great Barrier Reef, 1985.

·         "Return to Everest" with the National Geographic, 1980 and 1983.

·         "From the Ocean to the Sky" with Sir Edmund Hillary, 1977

·         The Kaipo Wall with Sir Edmund Hillary, 1974

·         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.

Recent Presentations: Cisco; Lucent Technologies; Worcester Foundation, Massachusetts; 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 financial companies.

Books and Publications

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, 25May, 1996


A Lifetime Spent on the Edge

By Peter Hillary and John E. Elder

See here for more on this book

                Countless other newspaper and magazine articles.

Outdoor Equipment involvements

(includes design, field-testing and promotion)

·         Arthur Ellis & Co., Christchurch, New Zealand

·         American Recreation Products, St Louis, Missouri, USA

Biographical Information

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.

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