EXTRAORDINARY STORIES OF ASCENTS FROM A BLIND MAN'S SUCCESS TO A SHERPA'S RECORD 21 CLIMBS; FROM THE OLDEST ON THE MOUNTAIN TO ONE WHO WAS FIRST TO SKI DOWN
After seven weeks of climbing, at 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. They were the first people to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest. News of the successful climb quickly made headlines around the world. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became heroes.
Soaring in height to 29,035 feet (8,848 meters) above sea level, Mount Everest is a geographical giant. Ever since it was established that the mountain is indeed the tallest in the world humans have tried to tame it. The terrain is treacherous, the weather unpredictable, and the atmospheric conditions extreme; danger of injury, illness, delirium, and even death is ever present. Despite this, over the last 90 years, hundreds of men and women have attempted this perilous journey to the peak, and many have lived not only to tell the tale, but bask in the warm glory of the fame that this achievement naturally brings with it. But it is more than a quest for fame that drives ordinary people to undertake this most extraordinary challenge of all.
For people like George Leigh Mallory and the men of his generation the challenge was not just personal, they were attempting to scale the mountain on behalf of humanity. It was 29 years after his disappearance in 1924 that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to stand on the peak of Mount Everest. The mountain, it seemed, could be tamed. Those who came after were driven by a variety of reasons, but whatever their motivation, each of the climbers included in this book overcame extraordinary odds to reach the top of the world's tallest mountain. In the process not only did they create history, they also shattered stereotypes to redefine the limits of possibility.
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Mumbai-based journalist Nagrath looks at the various firsts that ascent of Everest has produced. After a historical introduction—with a photograph of George Everest himself—she presents a chapter on all pre-1953 expeditions. She makes use of many well-chosen historical photographs. Next she devot...Apr 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Incredible Ascents to Everest...