He’d lost his wife. Would he now lose his life or find himself again?

Meet the ‘real’ Ed Hillary on this life-changing journey up India’s holy River Ganges. “Exciting, funny and deeply moving.” Sarah Hillary



Read Graeme Tuckett’s 4 star review in the Dominion Post  

Read Francesca Rudkin’s 3 1/2 star review in the NZ Herald

Hear Francesca Rudkin review Ocean to Sky on Newstalkzb

Click to read how Michael became Ed’s filmmaker  (The NZ Herald)

Click to hear Michael interviewed on NZ Radio National.

Click for Seven Sharp segment about Hillary:Ocean to Sky

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For the people of India, it was a pilgrimage led by a hero of almost god-like status and millions lined the river to watch him pass in his ‘miraculous’ jet boats.

For Ed and his 22-year-old son, Peter, it was a healing journey too, as they came to terms with the recent loss of Ed’s beloved wife, Louise and daughter Belinda.

For Ed’s team of friends it was a thrilling ride through the heart of India aboard three of New Zealand’s iconic Hamilton Jet Boats. Driven by the son and grandson of the inventor, and Hillary’s friend and Hindu scholar, Dr Jim Wilson, they navigated the Ganges’ tiger infested delta, crossed its vast, fertile flood plains, struggled up gorges guarded by fearsome rapids towards it sacred origins among the peaks of the Himalaya.

Then, near the Ganges’ snowy source the unthinkable happened. The first man to climb the world’s highest mountain succumbed to severe altitude sickness. The story of the desperate race by his friends and son to save his life has never been told.

Yet, to Hillary Ocean to Sky always remained “the best journey of them all.”

Directed, filmed and produced by Michael Dillon.
Music by Paul Jarman. Edited by Mike Balson.

Ocean to Sky Celebrated on a Stamp!

One of five stamps issued on the 20th of July 2019 by NZ Post to commemorate the Centenary of Hillary’s birth celebrates the 1977 Ocean to Sky Expedition.

Sir Edmund Hillary’s journey from the Ocean to the Sky along the India’s River Ganges was his last major expedition and the only one to be comprehensively filmed.

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