Ghosts of Everest: The Search for Mallory & Irvine
Did Mallory and Irvine reach Everest's summit 30 years before Hillary and Tenzing? Until now, clues about what happened to these two Everest pioneers had been scant and misleading. Until now, no one has known whether they reached the summit. Until now, no one has known where or how they perished.
This is a detective story of the first order. It is the story not just of M...more
It's seldom that one comes across a book that truly is hard to put down - this is one of them.
The search for George Mallory and Andrew Irvine has been the grist, the focus, the obesssion for both searchers and authors since the 1924 British Everest attempt that claimed both their lives....and until 1999, Mallory's body.
A well put together and methodical (in a good way) telling of the original '24 expedition and the eventual discovery of Mallory's remains in '99 takes you ...more
I was so moved at so many points but most particularly at the discovery of Mallory's body, I could barely take it in, even with ...more
I want to say that I didn't know who George Mallory was before reading the book. However, I became so caught ...more
The team takes the reader down the road from the conception of the idea ...more
In 1924, two climbers, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, left on their third attempt to climb Everest. They were never seen again. A couple of blacks specks had been seen through a scope making their way toward the summit, but no confirmation was ever received or discovered that it had been reached.
This book describes the expedition that discovere ...more
The book tells of how (in 1999 I think) this team of modern day explorers and mountaineers and the Sherpas of course set out to find the bodies of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine last seen only a few hundred metres from E ...more
Takes a little time to get going with the story of the difficulties in getting the expedition together but it is gripping when they make the discovery and well told in it's summary of what seemed to h ...more
It's a well written book and strikes a good balance between historical aspects and the narrative of the climbing expedition itself. Also interesting is the way it considers the build-up to the expedition in much greater detail than normal books.
I like the way on some occasions that there's the connections between the original 1924 expedition log of a particular asp ...more
Each chapter starts off with the 1924 expedition, then goes to the 1999; I found both riviting, and the evidence to whether Mallory and Irvine made i ...more