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CLIMBER HOPES NEW GEAR GIVES PEAK PERFORMANCE

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Sir Edmund Hillary spent four days in western Maine this past week testing a new line of camping equipment that bears his name.

Hillary, the New Zealander who conquered Mount Everest 40 years ago, and his companions hiked, fished and battled black flies while checking the equipment's performance. The new line includes sleeping bags, tents, camping cookware and other gear.Hillary made history in 1953 when he and guide Tenzing Norgay became the first to scale the world's tallest mountain. Hillary also trekked to the South Pole.

Hillary said the Everest ascent was as much an intellectual feat as a physical one. "The battle really is a battle with oneself to overcome fears," he said.

Hillary said that while more people today pursue adventure, "all the massive adventures have been carried out."