Everest: Eighty Years of Triumph and Tragedy / Edition 2

Everest: Eighty Years of Triumph and Tragedy / Edition 2

by Peter Gillman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0898867800

ISBN-13: 9780898867800

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The

For eighty years, Mount Everest has been the ultimate symbol of human endeavor. Ever since the first attempt in 1921, the world's highest mountain has served as an arena where mountaineers have played out their dreams and fears, bringing triumph and tragedy in almost equal measure.

The dramas of Everest have inspired some of mountaincering's finest writing and

Overview

For eighty years, Mount Everest has been the ultimate symbol of human endeavor. Ever since the first attempt in 1921, the world's highest mountain has served as an arena where mountaineers have played out their dreams and fears, bringing triumph and tragedy in almost equal measure.

The dramas of Everest have inspired some of mountaincering's finest writing and photography. In this sumptuous anthology, climbers recount and portray their struggles to attain the summit, the moments of success and defeat, exultation and despair.

All the great landmarks in Everest's history are represented. The pioneering expeditions of the 1920s and 1930s are recounted by climbers such as George Mallory and Eric Shipton. Sir Edmund Hillary tells how he and Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the summit, via the South Col, in 1953, while Tom Hornbein describes the bravura West Ridge ascent by the Americans in 1963. Chris Bonington, Reinhold Messner, Doug Scott, and many more of mountaincering's most celebrated names also appear in this definitive collection.

First published to wide acclaim in 1993, the anthology has been expanded to include the 1990s, perhaps the most dramatic decade of all. Included in the new edition are passages describing the tragedies and disasters of 1996, including an excerpt from Jon Krakauer's epochal volume, Into Thin Air, and the extraordinary discovery of the body of George Mallory by American climbers in 1999.

The book also contains Peter Gillman's own accounts of some of the mountain's most controversial episodes, such as the disputed Chinese ascent of 1960 and the enigma of the yeti. There are comprehensive, updated appendices, including a full list of every ascent. The outcome is one of the finest mountaineering anthologies ever produced: a stirring assertion of the audacity of the human spirit in the face of challenging and perilous odds, presenting both the how of mountaineering and the why.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898867800
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.94(w) x 12.56(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword7
Introduction8
A Household Word10
The Spotless Pinnacle of the World15
'The Finest Cenotaph in the World' 1921-1939
The Dream of Everest18
We Have Established the Way20
The 1922 Panoramas26
The Tortures of Tantalus28
The Lama's Tale35
The Photographs of Noel Odell36
Two Frail Mortals38
Pursuing the Dream42
The Riddle of Mallory and Irvine44
The Wrong Mountain49
My Nastiest Moment50
Mirages at 28,000 Feet54
The Mad Yorkshireman55
One Day Mount Everest Will be Climbed57
'Ed, My Boy, This is Everest' 1951-1969
A Remarkable View60
The Mystery of the Yeti63
A New World65
It Seemed Like a Lifetime68
The Great Mystery73
How we Climbed Chomolungma74
Ridiculously Far-fetched?77
Promises to Keep79
I Was in Heaven86
'All the World Lay Before US' 1970-1979
Sorry, Harsh, You've Had It90
All the Winds of Asia94
A Breath of Fresh Air103
Women on Top104
The Loneliest People in the World106
No Sacrifice Could Be Big Enough110
'A Dreamlike Sense of Disbelief' 1980-1989
The Summit at 40[degree] Below117
A Partner in Myself120
To Spend Eternity125
A New Star to Follow130
A Fine Day for Me134
Sweet and Sour144
Avalanche!152
AAbsent Friends154
A Dangerous Day158
'Ya Gotta Want It!'160
Plaudits and Brickbats164
Get Down or Die167
'A Blend of Fascination and Horror' 1990-2000
Our Last Chance176
The Russians are Crazy180
The North-east Ridge Complete183
The Longest Night187
Like a Mirage190
In the Nick of Time194
The Final Picture196
Ten Times to the Summit202
The New Stars205
The Same Joys and Sorrows206
The Five-Minute Climb212
The Geology of Everest214
The Fifteen Routes216
Climbing Everest: the Complete Lists
Ascents of Everest221
Deaths on Everest232
Oldest Everest Climbers233
Youngest Everest Climbers233
Everest Without Artificial Oxygen234
Ascents by Women235
Heights of Everest Landmarks235
Sources and Acknowledgements236
The Mount Everest Foundation236
Photographers and Picture Sources237
Editor's Thanks237
Index238

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