I have several books about Mount Everest and this is one of my favorites. It provides a lot of information about the history of the mountain, but also shores experiences on there and makes you feel what it would be like on it. I find it captivating to read about why want to climb Mount Everest ... Read review
It is one of the most famous and powerful stories of humanity pitting itself tragically ... more
against the elements. In 1924, when Mallory and Irvine set out to make history by reaching of the summit of Everest and become the first men to stand on the world's tallest mountain, their place in the history books was already assured. But then Odell, also climbing with them, saw the two vanish within 800 feet of the summit--and they were never seen again. Ever since, many have wondered what really took place in the rarefied air at 28,000 feet. Did they in fact reach the summit and perish on the way down? Or were Hilary and Norgay the first men to reach the summit three decades later? In April 1999, the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition team set out to retrace the steps of the 1924 expedition. Their aim was to find out the truth behind the many theories about what happened on that fateful first climb. The Ghosts of Everest describes in carefully researched detail the two expeditions, weaving together both climbs with blow- by-blow accounts of the challenges and dangers encountered. Combining a lucid text with archive photographs of the original expedition and breathtaking colour shots of the new climb, this is a fascinating book of considerable power. --Barry Forshaw
"...a lot of information about the history of the mountain, but also shores experiences on there and makes you feel what it would be like on it. I find it captivating to read about why want to climb Mount Everest despite the great dangers and risks and this book really gave me some insite to my curiosity. It also gave me inspiration to set my own goals and try new challenges. I don't think I will ever climb Everest, but one thing these books have done ..."
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This is the dramatic inside story of the 1999 expedition to find the bodies and solve the enigma of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine who tragically and mysteriously died on Everest on 8th June 1924 in an attempt to reach the peak.What happened to Mallory and Irving the day they set out on their summit bid only to disappear without any evidence of their fate or possible achievement? Were these two brave pioneers the first to reach the summit 29 years before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay? How did they perish and where? What part of the mystery remains to be solved? Set against the backdrop of the 1924 expedition and historical clues from subsequent expeditions Ghosts of Everest" weaves a story from early preparations to the day-to-day blow-by-blow events of both expeditions to create an adventure narrative that captures the voices and the action as it unfolds on the mountain."
The Ghosts of Everest
Jochen Hemmleb; Larry A. Johnson; Eric R. Simonson