«Lord John Hunt, born in India in 1910, began climbing when he was fifteen, and mountains have since been the great obsession of his life. His list of climbs extends from Europe to Kashmir and the Karakoram, Pakistan, Nepal and the Himalaya, Sarawak, the Caucasus, the Pamir, the Yukon, Greenland, and Peru. His greatest triumph came when he organized and led the British Expedition to Everest, in the course of which Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing reached the summit on 29 May 1953. News of the great event was received in London just in time for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Lord Hunt has since been president of the British Mountaineering Council, the British Ski Federation, the Alpine Club and the Royal Geographical Society. He has served both his country and humanity at large, holding many prestigious public appointments.»
Albert Mountain Award 1994
John Hunt died on 8 November 1998 in Henley-on-Thames, England.