Tom Fyfe

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Thomas Camperdown "Tom" Fyfe (June 23, 1870 in Timaru – 1947 in Hastings)[1] was a self-taught New Zealand mountaineer from Timaru. He led the first ascent of Aoraki/Mount Cook (the highest mountain in New Zealand) on 25 December 1894, which included Jack Clarke and George Graham.[2] Following the first Aoraki ascent Fyfe, who was introduced to climbing by Adamson, went on to become the first appointed Chief Guide at the Hermitage Hotel at Mt Cook village.[3]


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  2. ^ Haynes, J. (1994) Piercing the Clouds. Tom Fyffe: First to climb Mt Cook. Hazard Press, New Zealand, ISBN 0-908790-64-3.
  3. ^ History of NZ Guiding,