“The explorers of the past were great men and we should honor them. But let us not forget that their spirit lives on. It is still not hard to find a man who will adventure for the sake of a dream or one who will search, for the pleasure of searching, not for what he may find.”
Sir Edmund Hillary was the first to stand on the highest mountain of the world. In 1953 he and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest (8848 m), the highest mountain on the world. 30 years long several expeditions had tried to achieve this without any success.
The New Zealand mountaineer died on January 11th in the age of 88 in Auckland, New Zealand. A historic pioneer is gone, one who had the opportunity, the strength and bravery to discover a place on this planet dangerous to reach, where no man has been before.
Last year he visited the Scott Base on the south pole to participate in the celebration of its 50th anniversary. It was named after Captain Robert Falcon Scott, another of those pioneers who gave his life in an attempt to reach the south pole as the first man. He was second after Norwegian Roald Amundsen, and he had to pay a high price.
Are the days of these pioneers gone now ? Is there any place left on this planet to go where no man has been before ? Do pioneers of the future have to travel into aerospace to discover new places and even new civilizations ? Did I watch Star Trek too often in my youth ?
We have to be aware of the fact that with Sir Edmund Hillary an era comes to its end during which part of our planet was unknown.