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Off the Beaten Track Television (Full Length) – 1973 Documentary

Off the Beaten Track

Television (Full Length) – 1973 Documentary

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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 the Alps he tackles a 1971 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.

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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