There is nothing more inspirational than a great adventure, and the name Hillary is synonymous with adventure. 'Growing up in the Hillary family, was quite an adventure...Adventure was compulsory' Peter Hillary has said of his childhood. Now he aims to share those experiences with his audience, and encourage them to make great achievements in their own lives.
Like his father, Sir Edmund Hillary before him, Peter Hillary has accomplished one of the greatest achievements in the world of adventuring and exploration: the climbing of Mt. Everest. But this was only the tip of the summit for Peter, who has also made such feats as crossing Antarctica to the South Pole, forging a new route in the process, traveling to the North Pole with his father and astronaut Neil Armstrong, being the first to traverse the length of the Himalayas, and clearing each of the “Seven Summits”, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.
Like any good adventurer, Peter has a wealth of stories to share about each of these challenges and many more. While he may not expect his audience to go climb a mountain after one of these speeches, Peter's greatest strength is in his sound judgment. He has mastered the art of balancing risk with caution, stretching his boundaries, but knowing his limits. He utilizes humor and heart-stopping excitement to thrill his audience, supported by superb slide and video footage, but it is practical applications like these that make his presentations so inspiring to those just trying to get ahead in their own fields, and staying relevant to the requirements of his clients.
Peter has followed in his father's footsteps in more than one regard, as he is also an active member of the Himalayan Trust, the organization Edmund founded to assist locals in the Mt. Everest region. Through these efforts, Peter has helped build and run 42 schools, hospitals, and medical clinics, taking in over 800 teenagers to assist with the construction and maintenance of the facilities. He is also a member of several other foundations across the Himalayan region, including the American Himalayan Foundation, the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation of Canada, the Himalayan Trust UK, and the Australian Himalayan Foundation, continuing to bring aid to the people of Nepal and beyond.
Peter has left the legacy of his escapades in print form as well, including In the Ghost Country, the story of Peter's journey to the South Pole while overcoming both the frigid conditions and conflict among his own companions, First Across the Roof of the World, the first crossing of the Himalayas, Two Generations, written alongside his father, Rimo: Mountain on the Silk Road, A Sunny Day in the Himalayas, and even a children's book, Bridgit was Bored, proving that sometimes adventure is closer than you think.