Reaching the Summit – in Hillary’s own words
“May 15th. IV to VII to V
Wilf Noyce and I left IV and went to V where Mike Westmacott was lying in bad condition. Sent him down. We took three laden Sherpas, Da Tenzing, Ang Namgyal and Pasang Puta and went on up to Camp VI to greet George Lowe and Ang Nima who were having a rest day. I went on up to Camp VII with 3 Sherpas and established Camp VII with a tent, cooker and food. Returned down to Camp V and spent night there with Charles Evans. Both took a green sleeping pill.
V-VI 1.50 . VI to VII 1.50.
Heavy trail breaking.”
The diary entries will be broadcast in three clusters on Radio New Zealand National’s Afternoons programme with Jim Mora – at 2:20pm on Wednesday 15th, 22nd and 29th May.
Excerpt from Hillary’s expedition diary, 1953, handwritten, ring-binder style with loose leaves. Nepal. The diary is on display at Auckland Museum until 29 September 2013 - Sainsbury Horrocks Pictorial Gallery on level two.
Auckland Museum thanks the Hillary family for their permission to reproduce these excerpts from Sir Edmund Hillary’s diary.
Visit Auckland Museum’s exhibition - From the Summit – Hillary’s Enduring Legacy, 19 April – 29 September, Sainsbury Horrocks Pictorial Gallery level two, free.