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Climbing Everest: Tales of Triumph and Tragedy on the World's Highest Mountain
     

Climbing Everest: Tales of Triumph and Tragedy on the World's Highest Mountain

by Audrey Salkeld, Audrey Salkald, Janet Dustin (Other), Barbara Sheppard (Editor), Marty Ittner (Designed by)
 

These gripping accounts of adventure and danger will mesmerize readers from cover to cover! Stunning illustrations and compelling text provide an up-close look at six famous ascents of the world's highest mountain. Detailed chapters cover the enduring mystery of George Mallory's death on Everest; Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's triumphant first steps on

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These gripping accounts of adventure and danger will mesmerize readers from cover to cover! Stunning illustrations and compelling text provide an up-close look at six famous ascents of the world's highest mountain. Detailed chapters cover the enduring mystery of George Mallory's death on Everest; Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's triumphant first steps on the summit; the Chinese team's scaling of the mountain from Tibet; Reinhold Messner's two monumental climbs (one without supplemental oxygen, the other solo); the 1983 American summit via the treacherous East Face; and the heartbreaking 1996 tragedy that claimed the lives of eight climbers during a lethal storm. Sidebars provide a wealth of additional information-from Everest's unique geography to the effects of altitude, to the Sherpa culture-while extensive backmatter includes a chronology, glossary, an Everest records chart, Everest "Hall of Fame" profiles, and other reference materials for climbing aficionados.

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
Tales of derring-do are the norm among those who challenge themselves to climb the world's highest mountain. In Climbing Everest, Audrey Salkeld has collected the stories of some of Everest's most famous climbers. Drawing on a wealth of research, Salkeld -- an Everest expert who has climbed to more than 21,000 feet on the 29,000-plus-foot mountain -- offers a well-written primer on Everest climbing history. — Karen MacPherson
Children's Literature
Veteran of two visits of her own to the slopes of Mount Everest (at ages fifty and sixty respectively), Salkeld shares her fascination with the world's most fascinating mountain through riveting profiles of George Mallory, who made the first major (unsuccessful) attempts at the ascent in the 1920s ("It's fifty to one against us but we'll have a whack yet and do ourselves proud") and lost his life there; Tenzing Norgay of Nepal, who, together with Sir Edmund Hillary, was the first to stand on Everest's summit; the Chinese climbers summoned out of nowhere by the Communist regime to become mountaineers (one, a contented schoolteacher at the time, had no prior interest in climbing mountains and responded to his assignment by asking plaintively, "But isn't that rather dangerous?"); Reinhold Messner, who made both the first ascent of Everest without oxygen and the first solo ascent; and the U.S. team who scaled Everest by the all-but-impossible Kangshung Face. The narratives make for thrilling reading, but culminate in a sobering conclusion: today, Everest is routinely conquered by packaged tour groups, charging as much as $50,000 a head, who lead as many as 40 climbers a day to its summit, leaving behind them a bleak legacy of empty oxygen bottles and bodily waste. The book is illustrated with astonishing photographs and maps of each ascent route; it also contains an Everest chronology, "Hall of Fame," record list (e.g., first ascent by amputee, first blind Everester, speediest descent), resource guide, glossary, and index. 2003, National Geographic, Ages 10 up.
— Claudia Mills

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792251057
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
04/02/2003
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.19(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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