Part one of three from this full length episode.
Part two of three from this full length episode.
Part three of three from this full length episode.
The credits for this episode.
This episode from the first season of the show celebrating Kiwi heroes pays tribute to the exemplar: Sir Edmund Hillary. The greatest "damned good adventures" of Sir Ed's career (up to then) are bagged: his first peak (Mt Ollivier — reclimbed with son Peter here), trans-Antarctic by tractor, up the Ganges by jet-boat, school and hospital building in Nepal; and of course Everest, whose ascent is recreated with commentary from Hillary. Graeme Dingle provides reflection and presenter Neil Roberts has the last word: "[Sir Ed:] our own bold, bloody-minded magic Kiwi".
To climb up Everest was the physical high point of my life, but I wouldn’t say it’s the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done. I see it more as a stepping stone to more satisfying projects, particularly this school here in Nepal.– Sir Ed
Made from funding from NZ On Air
Theme music by Peter Blake