To the Top by Stephen Venables
The Story of Mount Everest

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Breathtaking photos and an intriguing narrative capture the allure of the world’s highest mountain - and the spirit of the many adventurous souls who have dared to attempt the ultimate climb.

What compels human beings to risk their lives scaling the world’s tallest peak? What challenges do they encounter along the way? Who are the Sherpas, whose guidance and skill keep foreign mountaineers safe? What does it feel like to stand atop Mount Everest, high above Tibet and Nepal?

Esteemed author and climber Stephen Venables answers these questions and many more in a fascinating narrative, accompanied by spectacular photographs from the Royal Geographical Society in London. With a special focus on the first successful climb by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953, this magnificent book touches also on the history of the mountain, earlier failed missions, and the effect that growing Himalayan tourism has had on local people and on the mysterious Mount Everest itself.

About Stephen Venables

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Stephen Venables, one of the best-known mountaineers of his generation, was the first Briton to climb Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen. He is also a highly successful photographer, public speaker, and writer. The author of several books about Mount Everest, the Himalayas, and other mountaineering sites, Stephen Venables received a master’s in English from Oxford University, where he studied under such mentors as John Bayley and Christopher Tolkien.The Royal Geographic Society is a world-renowned organization that was founded in 1830 to advance geographical awareness through study and exploration. It sponsors research, education, training, and adventure expedition programs throughout the world. The Royal Geographical Society’s library contains one of the most extensive collections of Everest lore and photography in the world.
Published May 1, 2003 by Candlewick. 96 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Both for readers who love climbing and for those who wonder why anyone would risk death to reach a mountaintop, this book overcomes its somewhat institutional appearance to offer an exciting, informed history of the exploration of the world's tallest peak.

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