Among his other accolades, including World War II navigator and ambassador to Nepal, Sir Edmund Hillary was a famed New Zealand mountain climber and Antarctic explorer, who along with Tibetan mountaineer Tenzing Norgay was the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953.

In 1960 he made a special commission from Tricker’s for boots to be made for himself and his Himalayan expedition team, for his forthcoming Himalayan geographical ascent of Ama Dablam, a 6,812m mountain.

Later in 1985, continuing his exploration, he accompanied Neil Armstrong in a small ski plane over the Arctic Ocean to land in the North pole, famously becoming the first man to stand at both poles and Everest’s summit. This inspired generations of explorers who compete to this day in the Three Poles Challenge.

In 2017 we created a limited Himilaya collection, As a homage to the explorers, the three styles in the collection are named after a member of the expedition: Hardie, Bishop and Ottenburger.

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