The Second Death of George Mallory by Reinhold Messner
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As a child, Reinhold Messner's mother read him stories about George Mallory and fellow climber Andrew Irvine; their heroic and tragic attempt to scale the world's tallest peak in 1924 inspired his own unequalled exploits in the Himalayas. To Messner, Mallory was a climber of the purest order, and his final ascent a work of genius, beauty and unparalleled courage. His disappearance haunted and inspired the imagination. Though Mallory's remains were discovered in 1999, the question of whether or not he made it to the top of Everest rests unanswered. Moreover, believes Messner, though we have found Mallory's bones we have lost or destroyed the spirit of amateur adventure that pushed him inexorably higher. Today, climbing Everest has become a mundane media event involving sophisticated equipment and corporate funding. THE SECOND DEATH OF GEORGE MALLORY is both an investigation into the death of George Mallory and a deeply felt homage - to a mountain, to the spirit of an age, and to the man who inspired those who followed in his footsteps.
 

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Reinhold Messner is known as one of history’s greatest Himalayan mountaineers. He was the first person to climb all fourteen of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks, many of them solo. Climber, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, Messner has published more than thirty books. His most recent is My Quest for the Yeti.
 
Published April 1, 2001 by St. Martin's Press. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel. Non-fiction

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The author also provides an arch account of the progress of Everest’s commercialization, stoked by rivalry between British and Chinese expedition teams, which led to the installation of ropes and aluminum ladders across the mountain's precarious ascents, and then to the contemporary congestion of...

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The author has had a lifelong obsession with George Mallory's three attempts to, in his hero's own words, "catch the summit by surprise"—in 1921, 1922 and on the 1924 quest f

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Employing Mallory's spirit, the author recounts subsequent expeditions, imagining what Mallory would say about each: the 1933 trip by Wager and Harris, who found an ice ax that could have been left behind only by Mallory or his colleague Irvine nine years before;

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