A New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. He was an author of several books.
Edmund was born in Auckland, but his family moved to Tuakau. His father established a weekly newspaper there. Edmund attended Tuakau Primary School and later went to Auckland Grammar, facing a long travel time each day on the train.
A lover of adventure stories, Edmund was known to read long into the night. He climbed his first mountain in 1939, which was Mt Olivier in the Southern Alps.
In 1943 he joined the air force and trained to be a navigator.
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