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Everest: The West Ridge, 50th Anniversary Edition
     

Everest: The West Ridge, 50th Anniversary Edition

by Thomas Hornbein, Jon Krakauer (Foreword by)
 

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  • Special anniversary edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest via the West Ridge
  • The West Ridge remains the least attempted and most deadly of recognized routes on Everest.
  • In 2012 major media covered two failed expeditions on the West Ridge; both teams are planning to try again in 2013.

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  • Special anniversary edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest via the West Ridge
  • The West Ridge remains the least attempted and most deadly of recognized routes on Everest.
  • In 2012 major media covered two failed expeditions on the West Ridge; both teams are planning to try again in 2013.

In 1963, Jim Whittaker became the first American to summit Everest via the South Col route. Roughly two weeks after Whittaker's achievement, Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld, fellow American mountaineers on the same expedition, became the first climbers ever to summit the world's highest peak via the dangerous and forbidding West Ridge—a route on which only a handful of climbers have since succeeded.

This special 50th anniversary edition reintroduces the adventure in a larger format with full-color photographs by members of the expedition, including leader Norman G. Dyhrenfurth and team doctor Jim Lester. In addition to a new foreword by Jon Krakauer, this volume also features a new preface by Hornbein along with a series of prefaces he wrote for earlier editions, including the original from 1965, and a map by Dee Molenaar. Updated bios of all the American Mount Everest Expedition team members, written by climber Broughton Coburn, are now accompanied by contemporary portraits from the expedition.

Editorial Reviews

The Kitsap Sun Sports Weekly Paper - Bill Hoke
If you love mountaineering, you’ll hold this book reverently and marvel at the guts and determination good humor and unselfish teamwork Tom Hornbein brings to life.

If you love outdoor photography, there’s a wonder of it in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594857072
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
04/28/2013
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
538,245
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

JON KRAKAUER is an American writer andmountaineer, primarily known for his writing about theoutdoorsandmountain-climbing. He is the author of best-selling non-fiction booksInto the Wild,Into Thin Air,Under the Banner of Heaven, andWhere Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillmanas well as numerous magazine articles.

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