Sir Edmund Hillary Dies

A quick one this and nothing to do with Northern Ireland politics or culture but, I think, worth a mention.Sir Edmund Hillary who along with Tenzing Norgay were the first people to successfully climb Everest has died at the age of 88 after a short illness (obituary here). He appears to have been an extremely nice man. One point which is often mentioned is who got to the top first. I have done a very little climbing but it has shown me that the question of who got to the top first is utterly irrelevant; climbing is a completely team activity. In their case a life and death team activity.

Spare a thought though for my personal hero George Mallory who died trying to climb Everest along with Sandy Irvine. For me he is an heroic failure battling against overwhelming odds and failing, a bit like elves (or hopefully not my political movement). Oh dear we are back to NI politics.

Also I would like to note Roger McMorrow and Nigel Hart who climbed Everest last year as part of a medical research team, saved a young woman’s life and are QUB Graduates of the Year.