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Peter Hillary

Adventurer, Climber, Son of Sir Edmund Hillary
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Climb Your Own Everest
In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary became the first man to stand on the summit of Mt Everest, the highest point on earth. Thirty seven years later, his son Peter also stood on the summit. In this presentation, Peter Hillary shares what it took to get the first father and son to the top of the world. His 10 Steps include hilarious and spine-tingling anecdotes about his climb that will transport your audience to another world. Most importantly however, it will leave your people with a “can-do” attitude to achieving goals in their own lives.

To the Ends of the Earth
A 15 year quest that took Peter Hillary to the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Mt Everest. This trilogy took 15 years to complete. It is a testimony to the value of perseverance and to Peter’s dedication to a life of adventure. He and his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, are the first father and son to have climbed Mt Everest and to have established new routes across Antarctica to the South Pole. For the North Pole they travelled together with astronaut, Neil Armstrong , using small ski-equipped aircraft. “To the Ends of the Earth” is a presentation which takes the audience to some of the most extraordinary, the most hostile, and the most hauntingly beautiful places on the planet. It shares the true spirit of adventure and encourages us to utilise the positivity and freshness of that spirit in every aspect of our lives.

K2 Crisis: The story of those who died – and those who survived – on the world’s most savage mountain, K2.
Peter Hillary was the only survivor of a group of eight climbers heading for the summit of K2 in 1995. To the other seven climbers the conditions seemed fine for a summit bid. But not for Peter. His intuition made him question going on. It was a combination of not liking the look of a bank of cloud, and something less tangible; a feeling of unease and disquiet at ascending the final slopes to the summit. The words of his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, rang in his ears: “Never be afraid to stand alone.” Peter listened to his intuition and started back down the mountain. His climbing partners were calling out to “come on up!” For a short time he wondered if he would regret his decision, if his friends were to come down in triumph from successfully reaching the summit. But after a night of terror battling a ferocious storm, Peter Hillary was the only one of the group to come off the mountain alive. In this presentation, Peter tells the gripping and often painful story of losing his colleagues, and explores how he came to make the right decision on the day.

Uncertainty and Change? No Problem!
In these challenging times, the one thing we can be certain of is change! Learning to adjust and adapt to the challenge of a constantly changing outlook is an essential skill of a mountaineer. This presentation addresses the challenge of change and looks at the attributes and attitudes required to deal with it. Peter’s speech is a series of amazing stories from Himalayan mountaineering expeditions to polar journeys in Antarctica which illustrate how change is often inevitable and it is your ability to cope with it that is the critical factor. We must learn to refocus on a new or changed objective when the situation changes, we need to learn to effect change and we need to revel in the experience! It is your enthusiasm and your adaptability that gets you through the challenge of change … with a smile on your face!


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People are inspired by great adventure. And the name Hillary is synonymous with adventure. Peter Hillary is a powerful and dynamic speaker who takes his audience “with him” on one of his many extraordinary experiences: summiting Mt Everest, feeding and filming a pod of sharks, or making a terrifying descent of a vast vertical rock face in a vicious storm. He ably connects these dramatic achievements to the challenges faced by individuals and teams striving for excellence in their own fields.

Like his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter has climbed Mt Everest and has reached the South Pole overland; widely recognised as two of the most significant accomplishments in the world of adventuring and exploration. He has a wealth of stories to tell from a lifetime of high adventure, including over 30 alpine expeditions on mountains throughout the world.

Despite the high-risk nature of his expeditions, it is often acknowledged that one of his greatest strengths is his sound judgement: he has mastered the art of balancing risk with caution; stretching boundaries, but knowing limits.

His presentations combine humour and heart-stopping excitement with practical applications, relevant to the client’s requirements. They are supported by superb slide and video footage.


  • 35 years experience in extreme risk environments
  • Climbed Mt. Everest twice; most recently in 2002 for a National Geographic Documentary
  • Forged a new route across Antarctica to the South Pole
  • First to traverse the length of the Himalayas
  • Raises funds for the people of Nepal
  • Appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America
  • Celebrated the 60th Anniversary of his father’s historic first climb of Mt Everest in 2013
  • Latest book In The Ghost Country written with John E. Elder, released in January 2004. Peter Hillary recalls memories from a life of high adventure and drama as he traverses on skis across the sensory deprived ice wastes of Antarctica. Published by Simon and Schuster.
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