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Remembering Sir Edmund Hillary


Past NZAC Presidents Hugh Logan (right) and Dave Bamford (left) demonstrate ice axe technique for the NZAC guard of honour [Photo] Mark Watson

Richard Pearson, past NZAC president and member of the guard of honor. [Photo] Mark Watson

A climber tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary. The NZAC organized a post-funeral function at the Auckland Domain where Sir Edmund Hillary’s climbing and humanitarian colleagues and contemporaries spoke. [Photo] Mark Watson

Ice axes being prepared for the guard of honor, formed by members of the NZ Alpine Club at Sir Edmund Hillary’s funeral. The instruction to climbers forming the guard of honor was to bring a "wooden shafted ice axe of 85cm or longer." It seems there are still plenty in circulation. [Photo] Mark Watson

NZAC member Deryn Williams (left) organizing ice axes for the NZAC guard of honor. With her is mountain guide Lydia Bradey, who made the first female solo ascent (without oxygen) of Mt. Everest in 1998. [Photo] Mark Watson

Armed Services representatives present Sir Edmund Hillary’s medals, walking stick and the ice axe he used to climb Mt. Everest in 1953. [Photo] Mark Watson

Pall bearers from the armed services carry Sir Edmund Hillary’s casket to the awaiting hearse. The hearse proceeded through the streets of Parnell to the Auckland Domain, where thousands had been watching the service screened live on the grassy hillside. [Photo] Mark Watson

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