January 11th, 2008

One Tree Hill

Sir Edmund Hillary, 1919 - 2008

So the great man, the truest New Zealander to ever live, is dead. Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to "knock the bastard off" and climb Mount Everest, died this morning in Auckland, aged 88. This article chronicles his life - an ordinary bloke who just happened to possess a sense of adventure that drove him to climb mountains.

If ever there were an appropriate time to quote One Tree Hill, this is it.

We turn away to face the cold, enduring chill
As the day begs the night for mercy, love
The sun's so bright it leaves no shadows, only scars
Carved into stone on the face of earth
The moon is up and over One Tree Hill
We see the sun go down in your eyes
You run like a river runs to the sea
You run like a river to the sea

- U2, One Tree Hill

The world is now a lesser place. RIP Sir Edmund. 20 July 1919 - 11 January 2008.