Last Climb: The Legendary Everest Expeditions of George Mallory

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George Leigh Mallory is not the only man to have died tragically on the forbidding heights of Mount Everest, but he is surely the most famous. When he and Andrew Irvine disappeared into the mists not far from the summit in June 1924, they climbed into mountaineering legend. For more than 70 years, the fraternity of high-altitude adventurers could only speculate on their fate--until 1999 when Mallory's body was found at last, 2,000 feet below the summit. In Last Climb, world-class mountaineer David Breashears and ...
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George Leigh Mallory is not the only man to have died tragically on the forbidding heights of Mount Everest, but he is surely the most famous. When he and Andrew Irvine disappeared into the mists not far from the summit in June 1924, they climbed into mountaineering legend. For more than 70 years, the fraternity of high-altitude adventurers could only speculate on their fate--until 1999 when Mallory's body was found at last, 2,000 feet below the summit. In Last Climb, world-class mountaineer David Breashears and mountaineering historian Audrey Salkeld sift new evidence looking for an answer to the enduring question: Did Mallory and Irvine reach the summit? Last Climb is more than a chronicle of a single attempt on Everest. It is a compelling account of the early Mallory expeditions into the unknown lands of the high Himalaya and an evocative portrait of an era when gentleman adventurers wore tweeds at 25,000 feet.
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Susan Reed
...wonderful period photographs of the 1920's expeditions...
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Completing the trio of new books on George Mallory (see Ghosts of Everest and Lost on Everest, above), this breathtakingly illustrated volume unfolds as a vivid, engaging pictorial documentary, offering an incredible armchair adventure on the roof of the world. Spectacular color and black-and-white photographs from Mallory's expeditions and from the 1999 search distinguish this volume, capturing the grandeur and almost unearthly beauty of the Himalayan heights. When Mallory and Andrew Irvine vanished at the top of the world in 1924, team member Noel Odell, the last person to see the two men alive, reported that they were ascending the Second Step, an escarpment just 800 feet from the summit. Odell later suggested that the duo might have been on the much lower First Step, and historians have debated the question ever since. IMAX filmmaker and Everest veteran Breashears (High Exposure, Forecasts, Apr. 26) and mountaineering historian Salkeld (Climbing Mount Everest, etc.) believe it's unlikely that Mallory and Irvine reached the Second Step and concur with the authors of the other two books that the question of whether the duo reached the summit remains unresolved. The spectacular photographs are accompanied by a perceptive probe of Mallory the man, an Edwardian idealist who threw off the shackles of Victorian restraint yet remained torn between fatherly duty (he left his wife and three children for long periods) and his sense of mission as "a child of Empire... conscious of what England expected." Included also are a poignant introduction by John Mallory, the explorer's son, who pays tribute to the father he hardly knew, as well as a brief essay by George Mallory II (John's son), who reached Everest's summit in 1995, symbolically completing his grandfather's quest. BOMC selection. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780792275381
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.40 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: In Memoriam 15
Prologue: Looking for Mallory 19
Chapter 1 The Spotless Pinnacle 27
Chapter 2 Walking Off the Map 53
Chapter 3 The Knees of the Gods 81
Chapter 4 Round One 117
Chapter 5 The Lama's Blessing 145
Chapter 6 Into the Mists 169
Chapter 7 Into Legend 193
Chapter 8 Reading the Clues 213
Index Acknowledgements 238
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