Why did Edmund Hillary go to Antarctica?

Hillary first met Fuchs in 1953, a few months after his successful ascent of Mt Everest. Fuchs’ plans for the crossing required a supporting expedition based in the Ross Dependency. He hoped that Hillary, now a ‘public figure and national hero’, could help win support from the New Zealand government.

Why did Edmund Hillary go to Antarctica?

Hillary first met Fuchs in 1953, a few months after his successful ascent of Mt Everest. Fuchs’ plans for the crossing required a supporting expedition based in the Ross Dependency. He hoped that Hillary, now a ‘public figure and national hero’, could help win support from the New Zealand government.

When did Edmund Hillary go to Antarctica?

On January 4, 1958, Hillary – who had five years earlier been the first to conquer Mt Everest – led a dash across Antarctica to become only the second team to reach the South Pole overland.

Did Edmund Hillary go to the South Pole?

On 4 January 1958 Sir Edmund Hillary and his New Zealand party reached the South Pole. They were the first to do so overland since Scott in 1912, and the first to reach it in motor vehicles.

Who made first overland crossing of Antarctica?

The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1955–58) achieved the first overland crossing of Antarctica via the South Pole. The 3473 km route across challenging and previously unexplored terrain went from the Weddell Sea to the South Pole, and onto McMurdo Sound.

Did Hillary climb Everest with oxygen?

NOVA Online | Everest | First Without Oxygen. Climbing Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, was a challenge that eluded scores of great mountaineers until 1953, when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay first reached its summit.

Who climb Mount Everest first?

Sir Edmund Hillary
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay – 1953 Everest. Edmund Hillary (left) and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the 29,035-foot summit of Everest on May 29, 1953, becoming the first people to stand atop the world’s highest mountain.

Did Sir Edmund Hillary go to the North Pole?

The first person to reach all three locations was Edmund Hillary. He reached the top of Everest in May 1953, summited the South Pole in January 1958, and made it to the North Pole in company with Neil Armstrong in April 1985. Hillary flew to the North Pole.