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Mike Gill


Pathologist and climber Mike Gill accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on many adventures, often doubling up as participant and cameraman. In 1961 he was part of the first team to climb Nepal’s Ama Dablam; he later helped film Ed’s missions jet-boating up the Ganges, climbing the Kaipo Wall and grand traversing Mt Cook. A founding member of the Himalayan Trust, Gill wrote Himalayan Hospitals about its humanitarian work.

Graeme Dingle was roped to Mike Gill: a mighty strong pair. Mike was rushing around like a ballet dancer, leaping into position to get another movie shot. Rushing ahead ... dropping far behind. These two had to be fit and strong. Sir Edmund Hillary, on Gill heading up Mt Cook, quoted in Off the Beaten Track