Hillary: Ocean to Sky
Sir Edmund Hillary’s journey from the Ocean to the Sky along India’s holy River Ganges was his last major expedition.
For the people of India, it was a pilgrimage led by a hero of almost god-like status and millions lined the river to watch him pass in his ‘miraculous’ jet boats.
For Ed and his 22-year-old son, Peter, it was a healing journey too, as they came to terms with the recent loss of Ed’s beloved wife, Louise and daughter Belinda.
For Ed’s team of friends it was a thrilling ride through the heart of India aboard three New Zealand Jet Boats. Driven by the son and grandson of the inventor, and Hillary’s friend and Hindu scholar, Dr Jim Wilson, they navigated the Ganges’ tiger infested delta, crossed its vast, fertile flood plains, struggled up gorges guarded by fearsome rapids towards it’s sacred origins among the peaks of the Himalaya. Then, near the Ganges’ snowy source the unthinkable happened. The first man to climb the world’s highest mountain succumbed to altitude sickness.