When Peter Hillary climbed Mount Everest in 1990 he and his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first to conquer Everest in 1953, became the first father and son to achieve this remarkable feat.
People are inspired by great adventure. And the name Hillary is synonymous with adventure. Peter Hillary is a powerful and dynamic speaker who takes his audience, “with him” on one of his many extraordinary experiences: to the summit of Mt Everest; traversing Antarctica to the South Pole; feeding a pod of sharks; or making a terrifying descent of K2 down a vast vertical rock face in a vicious storm.
He connects such dramatic achievements to the challenges faced by individuals and teams who are striving for excellence, coping with change, or overcoming obstacles in their own fields.
Like his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter has climbed Mt Everest and has reached the South Pole overland; widely recognized as two of the most significant accomplishments in the world of adventuring and exploration. He also assists with raising funds for the Himalayan Trust, which was established by his father and which runs 42 schools and hospitals in Nepal.
He has a wealth of stories to tell from a lifetime of high adventure, including over 30 alpine expeditions on mountains throughout the world. Stories of challenge and achievement that are inspirational and entertaining.
Peter Hillary has spoken to over 300 high – profile organizations in a variety of settings; from select executive groups of 12 to a vast audience of 12,000 at the Melbourne Tennis Center.
His considerable achievements, and his eloquent, natural speaking style, has led to a recent appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and an interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America via satellite from Antarctica.
His articles have been published in the New York Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne’s The Age and other high profile dailies. He is author of six books including, In the Ghost Country: A Lifetime Spent on the Edge and Rimo: Mountain of the Silk Road.
Despite the high-risk nature of his expeditions, Peter Hillary’s survival is testament to one of his greatest strengths: his sound judgment. In his presentations he talks about developing this and other skills: of seeing excitement and uncertainty; of balancing risk with caution; and of achieving extraordinary goals through preparation, perseverance and passion.
Peter Hillary’s presentations combine heart-stopping excitement and humour with practical applications, relevant to the client’s requirements. They re supported by superb video and/or slide footage.