Mountain Men

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Traversing a century of climbing that begins with Victorian enthusiasts and ends with the conquerors of the Himalayan peaks, Mountain Men tells the stories of the extraordinary men who were the first to climb the world's best-known mountains: the Matterhorn, McKinley, Everest, and K2. Edward Whymper's relentless siege of the Matterhorn ended in controversy when four of his companions plunged to their deaths an hour after leaving the summit. In Alaska there have been many disputed claims to the first conquest of ...

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Overview

Traversing a century of climbing that begins with Victorian enthusiasts and ends with the conquerors of the Himalayan peaks, Mountain Men tells the stories of the extraordinary men who were the first to climb the world's best-known mountains: the Matterhorn, McKinley, Everest, and K2. Edward Whymper's relentless siege of the Matterhorn ended in controversy when four of his companions plunged to their deaths an hour after leaving the summit. In Alaska there have been many disputed claims to the first conquest of Mt. McKinley, and locals still insist that the honor belongs to three miners who climbed on a bet, armed with homemade climbing irons and bags of donuts. For a hundred years mountaineers have fallen victim to the fatal attraction of K2. An Italian aristocrat, an American millionaire, and an English Satanist were among the first to reach its slopes. They found a place of disappointment and madness; one of them never returned.Accompanied by unique archival materials, detailed maps, and photographs, Mountain Men invites us to follow in the footsteps of these fearless explorers, and tells us their stories with all the romance and audacity, bravado and suffering, courage and miscalculation intact.

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Editorial Reviews

National Geographic Adventure
Lively takes on some of mountaineering's most famous men... [and] a neat little introduction to the sport and its past.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306812262
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/2003
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mick Conefrey is a producer and director for the BBC. He produced the Mountain Men series. Tim Jordan was the associate producer of Mountain Men.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Man Who Sold the Alps 8
2 The Misfit and the Matterhorn 29
3 High Society 59
4 The Shameless Diary of an Explorer 79
5 The Fingerprints of Dr. Cook 97
6 The Misplaced Optimism of Maurice Wilson 136
7 The Rise and Fall of Fritz Wiessner 160
8 Houston's Last Expedition 201
9 The Jealous Mountain 222
10 Why Climb? 247
Bibliography 265
Index 271
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