When he was 11 years old, Edmund attended a new school. In his first week there, the gym teacher took one look at skinny Edmund, and sent him to a class for uncoordinated boys. Little did he know that this boy would one day climb to the top of the world! Even as a youngster, however, one of Edmund's great passions was losing himself in adventure stories. His hero was a very famous mountaineer and author named Eric Shipton.
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