touch the legend...
the legendary Everest climber Sir Edmund Hillary with his wife have
arrived to Saint Petersburg with brief two-day visit . Hillary couple
was accompanied with the ambassador of New Zealand in Russia. Visit
was private, there were only about fifteen persons. Among them:
the vice- speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Arthur
Tchilingarov, vice- president of the Sport Commettee of Petersburg,
(the active tourist and climber in the past), Gennady Furmanov,
Victor Bojarsky - director of the Museum of Arctic regions and Antarctic
Region and some others
climbing community was represented by the president of Saint Petersburg
Mountaineering, rock-climbing and ice-climbing Federation Oleg Kapitanov
and Alexander Odintsov - the head of "Big Wall - Russian routes"
project. Sir Hillary looked tired, listened much and spoke a little.
All have been asked to not stick with long questions as how he felt
50 years ago at the top of the Everest, whether Petersburg is pleasant,
whether he wants again to visit Himalaya.
similarity that 85-years HIllary has not so many desires. What can
surprise this person who has tested by World glory, survived death
of the close friends and not once entered in World history with
the Everest, Antarctic Region and the mission in Nepal?
Kapitanov, Alexander Odintsov and Sir Edmund Hillariy
Serguey Shibayev, the editor of the EX-magazine, July 5.