“Well, George, we knocked the bastard off!”
- Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008)
First words to lifelong friend George Lowe on descending after he and Tenzig Norgay were the first to climb Mt Everest in 1953. Lowe had climbed up to meet them with hot soup.
Hillary (left) and George Lowe (right) with Governor-General Sir Willoughby Norrie at Government House, Wellington, 20 August 1953.