Leslie Vickery Bryant
“Dan” Bryant was invited by Shipton on the 1935 reconnaissance for his superb ice-climbing skills and irrepressible Kiwi humor, which sustained him on ten climbs of over 20,000 feet (6100 m).
Between 1930 and 1946 he was a schoolteacher, mainly in the South Island of New Zealand, where he climbed extensively in the Southern Alps. During sabbaticals in London in 1934 and 1938 he climbed also in the European Alps. As a New Zealander, this popular and energetic man indirectly influenced Shipton’s decision to invite Hillary and Lowe on the 1951 reconnaissance. Bryant died in a car crash.