EVEREST: A Thousand Years of Exploration

EVEREST: A Thousand Years of Exploration

MICHAEL WARD    Book Number: 90758    Product format: Hardback

Out of print since shortly after the author's death in 2005, first published to great acclaim in 2003, this new edition includes a new foreword by Eric Vola, French Alpinist and UK Alpine Club member. It is the first comprehensive monograph to tell the Everest story as it has evolved over the centuries. Central to this history was the First Ascent in 1953. Michael Ward, a London surgeon and mountaineer, was directly involved in the pivotal events that led to success. His immensely detailed insight into all expeditions, and his professional assessment of the background to success in 1953, prompted heated debate for its forensic detail. In late 1950, while serving as a Medical Officer to the Brigade of Guards, the author searched the neglected and uncatalogued archives of the Royal Geographical Society, and discovered the forgotten Milne-Hinks maps, as well as a series of hitherto unknown photos taken on covert flights over Everest in the late 1940s. These provided clear evidence of a feasible route from the south. From early 1951 onwards, scientists from the Royal Society and Medical Research Council initiated and conducted definitive research into the problems of extreme altitude which provided the key to the successful first ascent. Everest has now been climbed thousands of times by many different routes, but it was only in 1975 that the mountain was first climbed without the use of supplementary oxygen. Everest is still the highest mountain of our globe as yet measured with a very extensive glacier descending to the southwest named Gaurisánkar by the Tibetans and to the natives of the northernmost parts of Nepal, Chingopamari. Includes all the attempts, Swiss expeditions of the spring and autumn 1952, preparations and with superb maps, one of the region divided into eight sections. 25 plates, maps, diagrams and drawings throughout. 352 large heavyweight pages, rare author photos of exceptional quality and colour plate on frontispiece from 1885 height 29,000 feet.
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