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IAN PENBERTHY & GEORGE LEWIS    Book Number: 81728    Product format: Hardback

Published in association with Royal Geographical Society and with a foreword by Jan Morris, the book celebrates the 60th anniversary of the historic achievement when in May 1953 two men stood on top of the highest point on earth, the Summit of Mount Everest at 29,029 feet, on the frontier between Nepal and Tibet. They carried with them the hopes of an expedition organised by the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club. Ironically, neither man was British - Edmund Hillary was a 33 year old tough climber from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay a 39 year old experienced Sherpa mountaineer from Nepal. Their success was the culmination of several attempts to scale the mountain that had begun on the north side in Tibet in 1912. The book covers the 1921, 1922, 1924, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1938 and 1953 expeditions. In very large scale, the photographs of Captain John Noel capture the striking beauty of the Himalayan landscape and these Everest ascents, culminating in the impact of the iconic images of Norgay and Hillary. The images captured by Alfred Gregory, the official stills photographer to the expedition, are featured alongside the photographs of George Lowe, Charles Evans and Edmund Hillary who had taken cameras to record the ascent themselves. Tom Stobart as cameraman recorded the official ciné film. All echo the unique blend of historical record and great aesthetic beauty and this striking book is a visual chronology from 1921 onwards, all nine British expeditions. In 1924, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine disappeared while attempting to reach the summit. Irvine's ice axe was discovered in 1933 and in 1999, Mallory's well preserved and frozen body. The 1953 expedition led by John Hunt was 400 strong. Here are black and white, sepia and glorious colour photographs, one per page in this magnificent volume. 10½" x 12¼", 288pp.
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Outstanding. (04/09/2017)
There are of course many books about Everest and the 1953 expedition in particular. What makes this one special is its photographic coverage of each British attempt prior to the successful Hunt expedition. The book contains a huge number of images - covering the routes into Everest and mountain vistas as well as climbers, Sherpas, camps, animals and equipment - with informative captions. Coverage of the Icefall is especially extensive, displaying the constantly changing beauty as well as the ever-present dangers of the ice formations. Text is limited to what is necessary for a record of this kind - summaries of each expedition and a thoughtful short introduction by Jan Morris. The climax of the book is its coverage of the successful 1953 expedition, with many colour images, brilliantly evoking the hardships and dangers of the climb as well as its ultimate success.
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