Author(s): Stephen Venables
With more than 400 photos, this beautiful book celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Everest and chronicles the history of exploration of the world's highest peak. In connection with the Royal Geographical Society and with introductions by Sir Edmund Hillary and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. 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 twentieth century to the present. It is the first and only book to benefit from complete access to the Royal Geographic Society's astonishingly 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. These unique and breathtaking images are prefaced by Sir Edmund Hillary and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and are accompanied by chapters from renowned mountaineer Stephen Venables, Alpine Journal editor Ed Douglas, Judy and Tashi Tenzing (grandson of the famous Sherpa) 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. Stephen Venables is one of the best-known mountaineers of his generation. In 1988 he became the first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen as part of a team pioneering a new route up the Kangshung Face - the biggest wall on the world's highest peak. His most recent books include Everest: Alone at the Summit and A Slender Thread: Escaping Disaster in the Himalayas, which describes how, during the descent from the Panch Chuli V in northern India, Venables plunged 300 feet (91m) down the mountainside and was stranded at 19,000 feet (5791m).