Last Climb: The Legendary Everest Expeditions of George Mallory

Last Climb: The Legendary Everest Expeditions of George Mallory

by David Breashears, Audrey Salkeld


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George Leigh Mallory is not the only man to have died tragically on the forbidding heights of Mount Everest, but he is surely the most famous. When he and Andrew Irvine disappeared into the mists not far from the summit in June 1924, they climbed into mountaineering legend. For more than 70 years, the fraternity of high-altitude adventurers could only speculate on their fate--until 1999 when Mallory's body was found at last, 2,000 feet below the summit. In Last Climb, world-class mountaineer David Breashears and mountaineering historian Audrey Salkeld sift new evidence looking for an answer to the enduring question: Did Mallory and Irvine reach the summit? Last Climb is more than a chronicle of a single attempt on Everest. It is a compelling account of the early Mallory expeditions into the unknown lands of the high Himalaya and an evocative portrait of an era when gentleman adventurers wore tweeds at 25,000 feet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792275381
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.40(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: In Memoriam15
Prologue: Looking for Mallory19
Chapter 1The Spotless Pinnacle27
Chapter 2Walking Off the Map53
Chapter 3The Knees of the Gods81
Chapter 4Round One117
Chapter 5The Lama's Blessing145
Chapter 6Into the Mists169
Chapter 7Into Legend193
Chapter 8Reading the Clues213
Index Acknowledgements238

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