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The Medal of Sir Edmund Hillary
Medal of Sir Edmund Hillary.jpg
The medal hanging on a small hook attached to a wooden plank.

Production Number

1-27 (27)


November 7, 1993[1]


Silver Snakes

Winning Contestants

Danny & Tara

Artifact Location

The Room of Three Torches

Pendants of Life


Temple Layout


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The Medal of Sir Edmund Hilary is the 27th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was the 16th episode to air.

Moat Crossing

One player of each team swam a rope over to the other side. Once out of the water, he had to tie the rope off on a pole that held a second tied rope higher up; both connected to the other side. Once tied, the second player had to use the two ropes and maneuver across the moat. Once he was across, the team could run over and hit the gong.

Moat Results
Finish Team Time
First Blue Barracudas 0:44
Second Red Jaguars 0:47
Third Green Monkeys 0:52
Fourth Silver Snakes 1:09

Steps of Knowledge

The first two men to climb Mount Everest and stand at the top of the tallest mountain in the world were Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay. One day as they were climbing, a block of ice the size of a house broke loose and slid toward them moving faster and faster down the slope. They stared at it, horrified, hardly breathing. Even if they could move quickly in their padded oxygen suits, there was no place to go. The ice was just yards away, when it suddenly plunged into a deep crevasse and disappeared without a sound. Hillary and Tenzing looked at each other. Tenzing shrugged, and they moved on. Days later, they reached the summit, and planted the flags of Britain and Nepal. Hillary was knighted by the Queen of England, and legend has it, he gave his medal of knighthood to Tenzing as a souvenir, and it ended up in the temple.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
Were the first two men to climb Mount Everest…?
  • Tenzing Norgay and Rodham Hillary
  • Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
Silver Snakes (Correct - Two steps left)
Is Mount Everest in…?
  • The Himalayas
  • The Urals
  • The Alps
Blue Barracudas (Wrong Answer)
Red Jaguars (Correct - Two steps left)
Is Mount Everest in…?
  • Russia and Afghanistan
  • Tibet and Nepal
  • Mongolia and Manchuria
Silver Snakes (Correct - One step left)
Which of these legendary creatures did Hillary go on another expedition to find?
  • The Jabberwocky
  • The Abominable Snowman
  • The Velociraptor
Blue Barracudas (Wrong Answer)
Silver Snakes (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)
Which of these do the people of Nepal call the Abominable Snowman?
  • The Yeltsin
  • The Silver Monkey
  • The Yeti
Red Jaguars (Correct - One step left)
Which of these creatures is supposedly related to the Abominable Snowman?
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Bigfoot
Red Jaguars (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Red Jaguars are 13-year-old Adam, who writes a comic strip called "Jack and Friends" (about a shell-less turtle and his adventures and friends, which he has done since he was in the third grade), and Shelley (also 13 years old), who also likes to draw. The Silver Snakes are 14-year-old Tara, who does karate, but would never punch Kirk, and 13-year-old Danny, who wants to be a pro baseball player.

No Rest on Everest (Peg/Hole Mountain)

Sir Edmund Hillary climbed to the top of Mount Everest with crampons, ice axes, and special suits and oxygen tanks. Shelley and Tara however get pegs. Before the girls was a pretend Mount Everest, and all they had to do is grab a flag, climb to the top of the mountain by sticking the pegs in the holes, and then pull themselves up. They had to put their feet in the foot-holes, and move the pegs up and start again. When they reached the top, they then had to plant the flag and head back down the mountain. The first player to plant the flag and climb back down the mountain or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Tara nearly touched the floor before 60 seconds was up, awarding her a half pendant of life.

Camping Bag Rescue (Peanut Shaft)

The crew placed each players in a crevasse with three bags of camping gear. When Kirk gave the signal, Adam and Danny each had to grab a bag, climb to the top, and throw it out the top of the crevasse. Then, they will repeat the process until all three bags are out or 60 seconds is up. Danny brought out all three camping bags with 22 seconds left, awarding him a half pendant of life.

Melting Glaciers (Faucet Ramp)

When the glacier on Mount Everest starts to melt, there is no way to stop it. Fortunately, there is a way on the hidden temple's glacier. When Kirk gave the signal, each team climb up the ramp on their knees, and turn off the faucet, and then slide back down. Then they will touch their partner and they will repeat the process. The first team to shut off all three of their glacier faucets or the team with the most faucets shut off in 60 seconds won. The Silver Snakes shut off all three of their faucets with 14 seconds remaining, sending them to Olmec's Temple with two full pendants.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Red Jaguars Lost Lost Lost 0 Pendants
Silver Snakes Won Won Won 2 Pendants

Temple Run

This run featured a rather unusual layout. The team raced through the temple pretty quickly, and even got to the artifact nine rooms away (from their original path)--quite an accomplishment. Once Tara completed the Shrine of the Silver Monkey objective, the door leading to the Room of the Three Torches did not open, so she was forced to take a different path. She chose the Well and grabbed the medal with about twenty seconds left. Unfortunately, Tara did not take an efficient way out of the temple. When she entered the Observatory, she chose to go down the central shaft instead going across the Troubled Bridge. This resulted in a loss.

Temple Run Results
Victory No
Reached the Artifact Yes
Method of Loss Failed Escape
Temple Guard Locations The Room of the Three Gargoyles
The Heart Room
The Shrine of the Silver Monkey

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  1. Lundberg, D.C. (Unknown Date). D.C. Lundberg's Game Show Trading Post I-L. D.C. Lundberg.