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High adventure

Author: Edmund Hillary
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 50th anniversary edView all editions and formats
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"Fear lives among Everest's mighty ice-fluted faces and howls across its razor-sharp crags. Gnawing at reason and enslaving minds, it has killed many and defeated countless others. But in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stared into its dark eye and did not waver. On May 29 they pushed spent bodies and aching lungs past the achievable to pursue the impossible. At a terminal altitude of 29,028 feet, they stood  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Edmund Hillary; Edmund Hillary
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edmund Hillary
ISBN: 0195167341 9780195167344
OCLC Number: 946807881
Notes: "The 50th anniversary of the historic climb."
"The true story of the first ascent of Everest"--Cover subtitle.
Originally published: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1955.
Description: 245 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Edmund Hillary.
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"Fear lives among Everest's mighty ice-fluted faces and howls across its razor-sharp crags. Gnawing at reason and enslaving minds, it has killed many and defeated countless others. But in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stared into its dark eye and did not waver. On May 29 they pushed spent bodies and aching lungs past the achievable to pursue the impossible. At a terminal altitude of 29,028 feet, they stood triumphant atop the highest peak in the world." "With nimble words and a straightforward style, New Zealand mountaineering legend Hillary recollects the bravery and frustration, the agony and glory that marked his Everest odyssey. From the 1951 expedition that led to the discovery of the southern route, through the grueling Himalayan training of 1952, and on to the successful 1953 expedition led by Colonel John Hunt, Hillary conveys in precise language the mountain's unforgiving conditions. In explicit detail he recalls an Everest where chaotic icefalls force costly detours, unstable snow ledges promise to avalanche at the slightest misstep, and brutal weather shifts from pulse-stopping cold to fiendish heat in mere minutes." "In defense of these torturous conditions, Hillary remains enthusiastic and never hesitates in his quest for the summit. Despite the enormity of his and Norgay's achievement, he regards himself, Norgay, and the other members of his expedition as hardworking men, not heroes. And while he never would have reached the top without practiced skill and technical competence, his thrilling memoir speaks first to his admiration of the human drive to explore, to understand, to risk and to conquer."--Jacket.

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