Hillary's Everest diary entry for 31 May
Reaching the Summit – in Hillary’s own words
May 31. IV to Base
"Had a good night. Packed up in morning and left in great heat about 10.30. Feeling terribly tired and trip down was a nightmare. The icefall had completely changed for the worse and we got down with difficulty. What a day! Perhaps it was reaction from previous efforts. Staggered into Base Camp about 4.30. Sherpas arrived in at all sorts of hours up to 8pm."
This series of articles formed a companion to our exhibition From the Summit – Hillary’s Enduring Legacy, which ran from 19 April – 29 September 2013 in the Sainsbury Horrocks Pictorial Gallery.
Auckland Museum thanks the Hillary family for their permission to reproduce these excerpts from Sir Edmund Hillary’s diary.
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