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Subject: Phys. Ed.: Recreation & Sports

The Mountain Climbing Series

Featuring an exclusive interview with Sir Edmund Hillary and another award-winning program narrated by Robert Redford, this series also offers spectacular on-location documentaries that capture the danger and adventure of professional mountain climbing expeditions. Programs available on 6 individual DVDs, Click for more

1. An Exclusive Conversation With Sir Edmund Hillary

Academy of Achievement: Sir Edmund Hillary -Inducted 1973
Time 100 People of the Century: Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay -Time Magazine

"We didn't know if it was humanly possible to reach the top of Mt. Everest. And even using oxygen as we were, if we did get to the top, we weren't at all sure whether we wouldn't drop dead or something of that nature." - Sir Edmund Hillary
On May 29, 1953, at 11:30 in the morning, Edmund Hillary and a Nepalese Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, reached the summit of Mount Everest, which lies between Tibet and Nepal, and at 29,028 feet above sea level is the highest point on earth. They had succeeded, and survived, where others had failed and even lost their lives. Between 1920 and 1952, seven major expeditions had failed to reach the summit; also famed mountaineer George Mallory perished during his attempt in 1924. Coincidentally, the conquest of Everest by a British-led expedition was announced on the eve of the coronation of England's Queen Elizabeth II, and upon his return to Britain with the other climbers he was knighted by the new Queen. The unprecedented feat of scaling the world's highest mountain brought this obscure beekeeper from Auckland, New Zealand, worldwide fame; history would call him the "Conqueror of Mt. Everest" and Time Magazine would name him "one of the Top 100 People of the 20th Century." This program offers an exclusive and personal conversation with Sir Edmund 50+ years after his famous accomplishment and a year before his death on January 11, 2008. Here he reflects on his triumphs, while remembering Mallory, and also commenting on his ideas of ethics and mountaineering, a topic that has been raised since the death of climber David Sharp. Produced by Golem Productions, Inc. and Chip Taylor. 2008 JSCA 30 min.
Also See: No Mean Feat: The Mark Inglis Story
Also by Golem Productions: Meet Tame Iti (Tuhoe, Maori): Meet "The Prick"; Lords of the Wine (New Zealand Wine)

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