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Everest, Summit of Achievement
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This magnificent volume celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first successful ascent of the world’s highest mountain, and chronicles the history of Everest exploration from the early years of the 20th century to the present. It is the first and only book on the subject to benefit from complete access to a rich collection of photographs, documents and artefacts. Painstakingly selected from over 20,000 subjects, more than 400 photographs (many never-before-published) record the surveying, planning, reconnaissance expeditions, and actual attempts that the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club jointly launched, beginning in 1921 and culminating in Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s historic climb on May 29, 1953.
The selection includes early aerial views of Mount Everest; the last known photograph of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, who may or may not have reached the top before they disappeared; the iconic photograph of Tenzing Norgay on Everest’s summit taken by Sir Edmund Hillary; images showing the daily experience of expedition members along with the dangers they faced; portraits of the life and customs of the Sherpas and the other Tibetan people; and the spectacular beauty of the Everest massif itself. These unique and breathtaking images are prefaced by Sir Edmund Hillary and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and are accompanied by chapters written by renowned mountaineer Stephen Venables; the well-known mountain journalist and climber Ed Douglas, Judy and Tashi Tenzing, grandson of the famed Sherpa Tenzing Norgay; and noted historian John Keay. The result is a work of lasting significance that captures the sense of discovery by those brave enough to challenge the world’s greatest mountain.
The book is due to be published in the UK by Bloomsbury in April 2003 and costs £35. For press enquiries, please contact Colin Midson on 0207 494 6054, or email colin_midson@bloomsbury.com
To pre-order the book for £35 including postage, please call 01624 836000 and quote the reference "Everest."
See also www.everest-summitofachievement.com for further details.