Part 1 Write your own definition of what it takes and means to be FAMOUSFamous means:Someone, something or someplace that is wellknown to lots of people. They have done somethingno one else has done before.
1. Charles Upham 2. Peter Jackson 3. Sir Edmund Hillary4. Robert Muldoon 5. Jonu Lomu 6. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
7. Ernest Rutherford 8. Sam Neil 9. Burt Munro10. John Britton 11. Kate Shepherd 12. Richard Hadley
Part 3Select a New Zealander that you consider to be famous (it may be a sportsperson,politician, musician, entertainer, war hero, business person…). This person or theirachievements should interest you. Try to select someone that no – one else willchoose. Use the questioning sheet to help create a series of about 4 – 6 questions.The questions should be open ended and lead to in depth research. You may needsome help to understand and process information that you find. When you haveselected a person, you will have the opportunity to search for and print someinformation during class. Take care with the way that you present your findingsand information. The Reporting and Presenting page is a guide for yourinformation.
What were the conditions on the way up and down Mount Everest?Ed and Tenzing were held up at South Col for two daysbecause of the wind and snow. When they set off for thesummit one morning, Ed found that his boots had frozenover night and he had to warm them up and it took 2hours. Then he and Tenzing tried to reach the summitwearing 14kg packs. They spent only about 15 minutes atthe summit. When they were coming down the mountainthey found that there tracks had been covered over withsnow, this made their descent slower.
How did they adapt to the different oxygen levels?When climbing high mountains you need to adapt to thedecreasing oxygen levels. The higher you climb the lessoxygen there is in the air. Climbers need to spend timeat base camp to acclimatize before climbing higher. Mostclimbers once they reach 3000m take the “climb high,sleep low” approach. This means they climb to higheraltitudes during the day then come back down lower tosleep. They then repeat this process at each higherlevel. As they are acclimatizing they may still get altitudesickness and it will slow them down from reaching thesummit. Acclimatization might take up to 4 or 5 weeks.
Were there any side effects of high altitude?Yes there were!If the climbers stayed up in high altitude too long, theyget tired, shortness of breath, headaches andnosebleed.
What other achievements/projects has he done in his life?Ed climbed Mt Everest and was the first to the summit in1953.The first person to drive his tractor across the attic in1958. He was made Knight Companion of Most Noble Order ofthe Garter in 1995.He was awarded Order of New Zealand, the countrieshighest honour.
He is on the $5 dollar note and some stamps.Traveled up the Ganges River in India with a jet boat madeby Graeme Dingle.The Prime Minister asked Ed to represent New Zealand inIndia and was there from 1985 to 1959 as High Commission.He also reached many other summits.
Why did Ed decide to build the schools and other things?He decided to build them because the Sherpas hadhelped him get to the top of Mount Everest and hecould see they lived in very hard conditions. So inreturn Ed decided to help them.
How have Ed’s efforts in Nepal helped improve their lives?He has helped their lives by building schools, hospitals,medical clinics and air fields.He was known as “Burra Sahib” or “Great Man” because hegreatly improved the Sherpas lives.