George Lowe, pictured in 2004, has died at the age of 89.
Photo / Hawkes Bay Today
New Zealander George Lowe, the last surviving climber
from the team that made the first successful ascent of Mt
Everest, has died in England aged 89.
One of two New Zealanders on the 1953 British expedition, Mr
Lowe helped establish the final camp 300 metres below the
summit on May 28, 1953.
The next day, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached
Sir Ed's son Peter today remembered Mr Lowe as a talented man
who shared his father's passions for climbing and helping
Mr Lowe contributed to the mountaineering community in New
Zealand and overseas, including the education of people
living in near Mt Everest in the Himalayas, which were "were
real priorities for George", he told Radio New Zealand.
"That's perhaps one of the really significant thing about
today losing George. It just is another stamp of how
important this New Zealand connection with Mt Everest is," he
He referred to the Mt Everest climbs involving his father and
Mr Lowe and their later work building the schools and
"It's been a long New Zealand involvement with the highest
mountain on the planet."
In recent years Mr Lowe's health had declined, Mr Hillary
"He became very much more frail - no longer the robust and
very articulate man he was for most of his life and he just
sort of slipped under the radar in those final years.
"It's a sad day."