Part one of three from this full length programme.
Part two of three from this full length programme.
Part three of three from this full length programme.
Sir Ed Hillary, then in his early 50s, acts as tour guide to remote New Zealand. In the far north he receives a tokotoko (walking stick) and admires the Aupōuri people’s connection with the land. He goes bush and dives for scallops off Stewart Island, and fishes on a Hollyford sandspit. In 1971 he tackles a grand traverse of Mount Cook with Harry Ayres and other mates — not bad for a self-described "middle-aged family man who has tried to keep himself reasonably fit". Sir Ed narrates, and his down-to-earth passion for adventure makes this an inspiring travelogue.
And then we were on the ridge itself: a glorious aerial highway a mile long — sharp, corniced, icy — always demanding the greatest care.– Sir Ed negotiates a ridge on a Grand Traverse of Aoraki-Mt Cook
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