50 years ago today, on June 14, 1968, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston bid farewell to his parents and began an incredible 312 day journey which cemented him in the history books as the winner of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, making him the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the world.
He completed his solo circumnavigation on 22 April 1969.
Wonderful story. This is already a victory for Kiko and the medical staff that saved her life.
Learn more about Kiko Matthews and her efforts to raise funds for King’s College Hospital where she received life saving care. Her site includes a live GPS tracker where we’ll all be able to follow her progress on her world record attempt.
10 years ago, on 11 January 2008, Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, the New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist, passed away. He and Tenzing Norgay were the first to conqueror of Mt Everest.
Seth Sicroff, writing for Nepali Times:
During the 1960s and 70s Nepal was known as the recreational and spiritual jewel of the world, a destination that was on everyone’s ‘bucket list’. In large part, that allure was due to the achievements and the promotional effort of Edmund Hillary. The so-called hippies matured into the generation that fought to protect the environment, promoted recycling, and planetary sustainability. They were inspired by Nepal, but Hillary was the catalyst.
Hillary’s son Peter Hillary, a world-class adventurer and humanitarian in his own right, wrote of the liberating effect of his father’s achievement on Mt Everest: ‘While Ed Hillary and Tenzing Norgay just wanted to climb the mountain because no one had reached the summit, it never occurred to them that this daring climb into the physical and physiological unknown expanded the realm of possibility for every one of us down near sea level the fact that we too could climb the world’s highest mountain if we wanted to … we are all liberated by the successes of others, because their successes show that it can be done.’