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The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest
In 1924, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine disappeared into the clouds encircling the peak of Everest. Whether they were the first men to reach the top of the Earth's highest mountain remains a mystery. They never returned from their ill-fated expedition. Seventy-five years later, the then-unknown mountaineer Conrad Anker made an extraordinary discovery. He spotted 'a patch ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
(first published January 1st 2009)
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This book follows modern day climbers Conrad Anker and Leo Houlding as they recreate portions of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine's final attempt to climb Mount Everest in 1924 as part of the filming of the documentary The Wildest Dream. The historical portion of this book is mediocre. The Mallory & Irvine story has been covered in many books by this point, and this one unfortunately has several inaccuracies regarding the early Everest expeditions of the 1920s. These seem careless given how m ...more