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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 20, 2013.
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Russian daredevil sets BASE jump record on Mount Everest

MOSCOW, May 30 (UPI) -- A Russian daredevil donned a wing suit and jumped off the north face of Mount Everest in China to set a record for the world's highest BASE jump.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
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George Lowe, on 1953 Everest climb, dies

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, March 22 (UPI) -- Mountaineer George Lowe, the last surviving member of the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, was hailed as an "unsung hero" by a New Zealand colleague.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 20, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.
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Bear skin from Yeti hunt sells for $21,600

Bear skin from Yeti hunt sells for $21,600

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 23 (UPI) -- The hide of a rare Tibetan blue bear killed by mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary during his 1960s yeti hunt sold for $21,600 at a Swiss auction.

Hillary ashes to be left on Everest

KATHMANDU, Nepal, April 1 (UPI) -- Some of the ashes of Edmund Hillary were given Thursday to a climber set to take them to the summit of Mount Everest this year.

Hillary's family plans private remembrance

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The family of the late Sir Edmund Hillary plans to spend the first anniversary of his death in private remembrance at his favorite New Zealand beach.

Pizza chain pulls Edmund Hillary ad

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A New Zealand pizza chain has apologized and removed an ad that depicted the late Sir Edmund Hillary as a dancing skeleton.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 29, 2008.
By United Press International

7 swept away in gorge on school trip

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, April 15 (UPI) -- Two bodies were recovered Wednesday from a river in New Zealand, bringing the total number of deaths in a school tragedy to seven.
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Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, KG, ONZ, KBE (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008), was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953 at the age of 33, he and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest – see Timeline of climbing Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. He was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

Hillary became interested in mountaineering while in secondary school, making his first major climb in 1939, reaching the summit of Mount Ollivier. He served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a navigator during World War II. Before the successful expedition in 1953 to Everest, he had been part of a reconnaissance expedition to the mountain in 1951 and an unsuccessful attempt to climb Cho Oyu in 1952. As part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition he reached the South Pole overland in 1958. He would later also travel to the North Pole.

Following his ascent of Everest he devoted much of his life to helping the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded. Through his efforts many schools and hospitals were built in this remote region of Nepal.

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