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Peter
Hillary

Climbing your own Everest

To pursue your own goals is great, but it is even greater to help others reach theirs.
Profile

Peter Hillary comes from one of the great families of mountaineering and has a history of world-class achievements in climbing.

Peter’s life is a testament to setting goals and achieving them. His skill, driving ambition, and good judgement have enabled him to summit mountains and survive ferocious storms and avalanches. He is a communicator, a storyteller, and a skilled assessor of what works and what doesn’t in critical situations.

Current work
Like his father, the late Sir Edmund Hillary, who made the first ascent of Mt Everest with his climbing partner Tenzing Norgay in 1953, Peter has also summited Everest (in 1990 and 2002) making them the first two generations of one family to climb the world’s highest peak. The names Everest and Hillary are forever linked, and Peter continues to climb in the Himalayas and raise funds to support schools and hospitals for the people of the Everest region in Nepal. Giving something back to the people who aided the Hillary’s on their climbs.

The late Sir Edmund and the Hillary family have built and run 42 schools, hospitals and medical clinics among the subsistence farming villages at the foot of Everest. Peter continues to organise tours and expeditions specializing in the Himalayas and Antarctica where he forged a new route to the South Pole on skis.

He is also a partner in Edmund Hillary clothing, which produces premium heritage clothing embracing the pioneering spirit and the positive human values of Sir Edmund Hillary.

Media
Peter has been a featured climber in National Geographic documentary Surviving Everest and Outdoor Life Network profile ‘Fearless’. He has had many media appearances, including The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and The Charlie Rose Show in New York, plus numerous major radio programs and print media such as The New York Times and The Times (UK).

Peter has authored of six books, including 'In the Ghost Country: A Lifetime on the Edge’

As a speaker, Peter delivers enthralling presentations with incredible photography and videography from his adventures. He reveals what it takes to summit Mt Everest, the world’s highest mountain (twice!), to travel to the ends of the earth at the North and South Poles and to survive an horrific storm on ‘the savage mountain’ K2.

Peter is a dynamic and engaging speaker, with a dry wit and a flair for storytelling he has spoken to audiences ranging from 12 to 12,000 and enjoys captivating audiences with authentic, spine tingling and at times hilarious stories about his adventures that transport audiences to another world.

He links his own challenges to the achievement of goals for any individual, and focuses on the importance of preparation, perseverance, teamwork, caution, and good judgement - as well as enjoying the journey. Peter always leaves his audiences charged, motivated and raring to go!

Expertise
Media
Feedback
Peter was interesting, modest, engaging, personal and totally funny. He helped the audience understand the great heritage of New Zealand better. iluka Ltd

Peter Hillary is an extraordinary person and a delight for anyone to meet. I cannot imagine any setting where he wouldn’t be the talk of the group for years to come. He appeals to all age groups and backgrounds. He is a gentleman and a humanitarian - along with being an extraordinary explorer. Peter Hillary is the real thing.

Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research

Overwhelming audience reaction. Standing ovation from our audience of 80-90 top tourism experts in Germany.

Tourism New Zealand

An absolutely outstanding presentation. You gave us the perfect blend of a great story well told with both insight and humour. The night was a great success and one of our highest rating events for many years.

Young President's Organization

Went way above and beyond. We would certainly consider him for any other speaking opportunity.

Lucent Technologies Optical Networking Group, USA

Peter Hillary was an amazing speaker. His story captured and inspired everybody within the room and his presentation was followed by many photo requests.

Caesarstone Australia

Peter Hillary was an interesting and engaging speaker. His presentation was delivered to perfection and it’s hard to believe public speaking isn’t his primary vocation! What a multi-talented man! The video clips that accompanied his presentation were also captivating and well-suited to the event. Peter was a pleasure to liaise with, both leading up to and at the event.

Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand
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