Explorer Piques Interest with Campus Lecture


A local university recently announced it was sending researchers to Antarctica. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Maryville University hosted a man who has already been there, and to the top of Mount Everest. Peter Hillary delivered a thrilling lecture in the University’s Auditorium to students, faculty and invited guests. Hillary is the son of legendary explorer Sir Edmund Hillary, one of two men to first successfully reach the peak of Everest in 1953.

Like his father, Peter Hillary climbed Mt. Everest, located between the countries of Nepal and Tibet, and has reached the South Pole overland, widely recognized as two of the most significant accomplishments in the world of adventuring and exploration. In fact, he has climbed Everest twice; most recently in 2002 for the National Geographic documentary “Surviving Everest.” Hillary has spent 25 years in extreme risk environments, fending off sharks and scaling down an icy mountain in a vicious storm.

Hillary also has written five books, including his most recent, In The Ghost Country. He also has devoted much of his life to philanthropic causes. He assists in raising funds for the Himalayan Trust, which was established by his father and which operates 42 schools and hospitals in Nepal.

Hillary is one of several international speakers who have come to campus to lecture. Others include current presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, Walter Cronkite and Benazir Bhutto.

Listen to Peter Hillary’s interview with KWMU