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Climbing Everest : The Complete Writings of George Leigh Mallory

By (author) George Leigh Mallory , By (author) Peter Gillman

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In Climbing Everest, George Mallory (18 June 1886 - 8/9 June 1924), possibly the first man to summit Everest, takes us with him on his climbs in Britain and the Alps, culminating in his three expeditions to Mount Everest - the last of which cost him his life (a few days after the final piece in this book). Mallory was one of the first climbers to explore the emotional meaning of climbing, discarding the Edwardian stiff upper lip in the face of adventure. All his writings on climbing - here collected for the first time - started out as letters to his wife Ruth. He turned them into finely-crafted pieces which can be read by climbers as well as arm-chair climbers. When questioned 'Why climb Everest' he crafted the gnomic climbing phrase 'Because it is there.' His body was dramatically found five years ago on Everest in 2007. One day, nonetheless, his lost camera may provide the answer to the question whether he was the first human to summit Everest.

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  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 25mm | 220g
  • 14 Nov 2012
  • Gibson Square Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 1908096349
  • 9781908096340
  • 242,648

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George Leigh Mallory's writings inspired distinguished literary mountaineers such as Joe Simpson, Ranulph Fiennes, Jon Krakauer. Born in 1886, he died a few days short of his 38th birthday, while making a summit attempt with his companion, Andrew Irvine. Born in Cheshire, he worked as a teacher in Godalming. Foreword by Peter Gillman, a former Sunday Times journalist and one of the most prolific writers on mountaineering and author of the prize-winning standard biography of Mallory.

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'Compelling pieces.' Stephen Venables, Mail on Sunday 'Invaluable... [a] surprise it has taken so long to see the light of day.' National Geographic 'Expressive and emotionally literate.' Scottish Mountaineer

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