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Edmund Hillary

EdmundHillarySir Edmund Hillary, KG, ONZ, KBE is, together with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first climber to have reached the summit of Mount Everest, as a member the 1953 British expedition led by John Hunt.

He has been the Honorary President of mountain Wilderness from ?? to ??

Following his ascent of Everest Edmund Hillary 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.

Chris Bonington

ChrisBoningtonSir Christian Bonington, CBE, is a legendary British mountaineer, one of the most famous alive.

He is currently the Honorary President of Mountain Wilderness

Among his most celebrated feats are fist ascents of the Ogre in Karakoram, Pakistan, the Central Tower of Paine, Patagonia, the south face of Annapurna, Nepal, the Changabang and Shivling in Garhwal Himalaya, India, and four ascents to Mount Everest

Reinhold Messner

ReinholdMessnerReinhold Messner is widely recognized as the greatest mountaineer of all times.
He became universally famous for making the first solo ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen in 1978. His unparalleled list of achievements was crowned by becoming in 1986 the first climber ever to ascend all fourteen “eight-thousanders” and also the first to complete the “seven summits” challenge.

He was instrumental in the founding of Mountain Wilderness, taking part in the conference that launched the organization in Courmayeur in 1986.

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