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Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal

Jan-16, 2017

The Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal is awarded for the individuals; rarely two individuals who work as a team for their notable service in the protection of culture and environment in rocky regions." This award is awarded for every two years.

This medal recognizes both the services of Sir Edmund Hillary (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008) on behalf of mountaineers and their environment. This award also encourages the ongoingeffort of his example.The Hillary Medal is a Mountain heritage project bya Nepalese non-governmental organization. The president is environmentalist; this Medal was individuallyendorsed by Sir Edmund in the year 2002 and marked by the Namche agreement and theassertionensuing from the 2003 Namche Conference, Mountain Ecotourism, and "People, Park."

Hillary Medal presentations have taken place at several venues, including two in Tengboche, Nepal, (2003 and 2008); two in Melbourne, Australia (2006 and 2010); one again in Nepal, Khumjung(2011); one in Kathmandu, Nepal (2013); and one in Ottawa, Canada (2015). However, the 2017 Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal is listed to be presented to Peruvian engineer Cesar Portocarrero in Kathmandu, on December 11, 2016.


Being the member of John Hunt's British Everest Voyage, Edmund Hillary earned global renown as an end result for achieving the first climb of Mount Everest, all along with Tenzing Norgay, in what Time publication has characterized as "the last main earthly adventure and also the last great symbol of the British Empire." While reaching to the “Top of the World" was one of the series of adventures that brought Hillary to the world's attention. However, they include the ascent of ten other Himalayan peaks between the years 1956 and 1965, with a journey to find the yeti; and an expedition to the South Pole as an affiliate of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1958. Whereas the jet boat expedition up the Ganges in 1977 and a flight to the North Pole along with Neil Armstrong in 1985 made the journey more popular.

Starting in the 1960s, Sir Edmund undertook abundant small-scale expansion projects on behalf of the Sherpa community of the Solu, Pharak, Khumbu, and Rolwaling districts of eastern Nepal. In association with family, friends, and volunteers, Hillary built around 27 schools, 3 airstrips, 2 hospitals, and an undefined number of clinics, bridges, water supply systems and other communications. He founded the Himalayan Trust to make possible fundraising, and this non-governmental organization (NGO) was connected by Himalayan Trust of UK, the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation (Canada), the Hillary-Stiftung Deutschland (Germany), the American Himalayan Foundation (USA), and other non-profit organizations.

The idea behind the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal came from the Nepal-based ecotourism and volunteer organization, Bridges: Projects in Rational Tourism Development (Bridges-PRTD), heading by Seth Sicroff. This award was conceived as a means of equally honoring the humanitarian activities of Sir Edmund and also cheering their efforts made by others. It was authorized by Sir Edmund himself in December 2002 and officially ratified by the Namche Consensus, the final declaration of the 2003 Namche Conference which is "People, Park, and Mountain Ecotourism". The Nepalese NGO Mountain Legacy was founded to carry out the choice and appearance of Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medals.