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TRAINING FOR THE HIGH HIMALAYAS

TRAINING FOR THE HIGH HIMALAYAS

  It is impossible to emulate all the challenges of High-Altitude Himalayan Mountaineering, particularly back home in the city of Melbourne, Australia. But when it comes to preparing for Himalayan expeditions, with a bit of lateral thinking, you can train the various components that you will endure in the thin air of the Himalayas.   Aerobic fitness is an obvious one. Our Dad use to enhance his aerobic fitness training by dragging a car tyre whilst on his morning jog. He combined this with pushing one of his kids around in the pram. Very soon Dad learnt to ignore the...

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WORKING IN THE EDMUND HILLARY STORE

WORKING IN THE EDMUND HILLARY STORE

 Working in the Edmund Hillary store in central Auckland is a real experience. People are really interested in the brand; how it came to be, what it represents. Nearly every person has a personal story with Ed, whether they met him in passing or if he was a close family friend that came around for dinners.  People feel a connection with Ed, his passions, his kindness, and they feel that connection with the style and the quality of the clothes, it’s what makes the brand so unique. Shopping at Edmund Hillary is less about the retail and more about the...

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COFFEE IN THE KHUMBU

COFFEE IN THE KHUMBU

The Himalayas isn't just a destination for those seeking an adrenaline rush. Away from the relentless struggle of high altitude mountaineering as well as the chaos that accompanies modern mountaineering tourism, you can always find a taste of normality across the Khumbu. Coffee shops and bakeries provide a welcome treat for trekkers and climbers; espressos, cappuccinos and yak butter croissants fill the air across the Mount Everest trail. In this image, I am enjoying an espresso in a little coffee shop in a town called Khumjung, sitting at 3,800 meters. Behind me is Khumjung school, which was built by my...

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REST DAYS BEFORE AMA DABLAM

REST DAYS BEFORE AMA DABLAM

Coming off two summits of Lobuche East at 6119 meters, and now sitting below the tree line near Tengboche Monastery, your body thrives. You enjoy long and deep sleeps. 
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A MOUNTAINEERING LESSON FROM DAD

A MOUNTAINEERING LESSON FROM DAD

You don’t have to travel to the Himalayas to get a good lesson about sensible planning for the mountains. In fact, you only have to drive 4 hours out of Auckland.  About 15 years ago, my Dad, dual-Everest Summiteer and polar explorer, Peter Hillary, took myself and my brother, Alexander, to Tongariro National Park for a boys climbing trip.
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REFLECTING ON A WILD ADVENTURE

REFLECTING ON A WILD ADVENTURE

Needless to say, I’ve had a lot of time this year to reflect upon my favourite adventures. The craziest of which was my expedition to Ama Dablam in November 2019...
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THE MOUNTAIN ISNT GOING ANYWHERE

THE MOUNTAIN ISNT GOING ANYWHERE

Following a reconnaissance expedition to the Mount Everest region in 1950s, my grandfather famously said "I will come again and conquer you because as a mountain you can't grow, but as a human I can".

Well, nearly seventy years on, my brother and I will need to adopt this mindset.

 

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ALTITUDE IN THE HIMALAYA

ALTITUDE IN THE HIMALAYA

Acclimatising to the tallest mountain range in the world takes time and preparation. We departed equatorial Kathmandu, and with a certain amount of trepidation flew to the gateway of the Himalaya; Lukla
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SUMMIT OF SINGLE CONE ON THE REMARKABLES

SUMMIT OF SINGLE CONE ON THE REMARKABLES

Alexander and I have just spent nine days in Queenstown, using this time to do more climbing training and push ourselves out of our comfort zone before heading back to the Himalayas. Doing a climbing trip together is more than just a team-bonding experience, it's also about becoming more mature climbers; learning to make the decisions around weather and climbing conditions. Here we are atop Single Cone Peak, which is one of the three peaks along the Grand Traverse of the Remarkables. George Hillary Photography by Alexander Hillary

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THE APPROACH OF MOUNT ASPIRING

THE APPROACH OF MOUNT ASPIRING

Climbing expeditions don't always involve ice, snow and bitter cold. Alexander and I decided to do a traditional walk-in approach of the iconic New Zealand mountain, Mt. Apsiring; the blazing sun, wading through rivers and climbing through dense Beech Forest proved to be our first challenge.
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ALTITUDE IN THE HIMALAYA: PART TWO

ALTITUDE IN THE HIMALAYA: PART TWO

Altitude is a silent killer; if you’re unprepared for the height of your lofty alpine objectives it can knock you down in the most horrible and brutal way. Climbing in the high Himalaya isn’t all about alpine skill or even fitness - it’s about your body’s ability to adjust to and survive altitude.
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