Sadly, Sir Edmond Hillary passed away
Mountaineers, especially the ones that climb big mountains, are stereotypically very selfish to the point of stepping around a stricken climber. Hillary wasn't, and he dedicated his life to making the lives of the Shepas who make climbing the mountain possible. He raised money, built schools and had a huge impact on the quality of life in the Sherpa community.
I love the 3rd photo - the shine in his eyes is so touching.
Among one group of my friends, "beekeeper" is a synonym for a lazy bum who won't be bothered to get out of bed--or won't do anything fun or interesting. I'm not sure where that started...
At any rate, it has caused much merriment among certain of this crew to discover that Hillary's primary vocation was beekeeper.
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