Fearless on Everest: The Quest for Sandy Irvine

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""Mallory and Irvine." These names have been inextricably joined since the two climbers disappeared on Mount Everest more than seventy-five years ago. Could they have been the first to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain - some thirty years earlier than Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay?" "Mallory's story has been well chronicled, but Irvine has always been overshadowed by his more famous climbing partner and little has been written about him. Who was he? Why was he invited by the British Everest Committee to join the 1924 expedition ...
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""Mallory and Irvine." These names have been inextricably joined since the two climbers disappeared on Mount Everest more than seventy-five years ago. Could they have been the first to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain - some thirty years earlier than Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay?" "Mallory's story has been well chronicled, but Irvine has always been overshadowed by his more famous climbing partner and little has been written about him. Who was he? Why was he invited by the British Everest Committee to join the 1924 expedition despite his limited mountaineering experience? And why did Mallory, sixteen years his senior, select Irvine as his partner for the final assault on the summit?" "Julie Summers, great niece of Sandy Irvine, has been fascinated since childhood by the story of "Uncle Sandy." His family believed that nothing survived from the expedition except those details that were already well known to the public. But in May 2000 Julie made an astonishing discovery: a long forgotten and unopened trunk in the attic of an Irvine family home turned out to contain a stash of unsuspected source material including Irvine's letters and photographs from Everest." "In addition to the photos and letters, this treasure trove also included Sandy's engineering drawings for his detailed redesign of the expedition's capricious oxygen apparatus - just one example in a long line of his creative solutions to engineering problems."--BOOK JACKET.
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Fearless On Everest: The Quest For Sandy Irvine is an intensely personal, candid, and informative account of the life of a young man who died at the age of 22 while on an expedition to climb Mt. Everest. Written with a narrative smoothness that completely engages the reader's attention, biographer and Irvine family member Julie Summers includes newly discovered letters and photographs and specifically addresses a long-debated question in mountaineering circles: Why did George Leigh Mallory choose the young, less-experienced Andrew Irvine as his partner on so hazardous an enterprise? Also very highly recommended for mountaineering enthusiasts are three related titles from Mountaineers Books addresses the doomed Mallory-Irvine expedition: Ghosts Of Everest: The Search For Mallory & Irvine (699-5, $29.95); The Mystery Of Mallory & Irvine: Fully Revised Edition (726-6, $18.95); The Wildest Dream: The Biography Of George Mallory (741-X, 27.95).
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  • ISBN-13: 9780898867961
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    A interesting approach to one of mountaineerings enduring m

    A interesting approach to one of mountaineerings enduring mysteries. Its impossible to seperate Mallory for Irvine but this book trys to focus on the "sencond member" of that team.
    The author goes into great detail about the men and the times they were apart of. This then frames the make up of the teams on the mountain. Trying to understand what they were thinking and thier mindset is critical to the final summit bid. Since no one can go back and interview from a historical perspective, Summers does a wonderful job of putting the reader inside that mindset.
    If you like mountaineering its a fantastic read. If you like adventure stories its also terrific. If you like historic events its wonderful. This is just a really good read!

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