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After Everest

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Memoirs of Mountaineer and Medical Missionary from early Everest expeditions and friend of George Mallory.
Hardcover, Fifth edition, 319 pages
Published 1950 by Hodder and Stoughton (first published November 1936)
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Jun 04, 2013 ^ rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mountaineers and those interested in the days before technology made mountains ‘too easy’ to climb
“After Everest” addresses that annoyingly awkward well-what-DOES-one-do after-one-has-so-nearly-but-not-quite-climbed-to-the-summit-of-Mt Everest question?

Unfortunately for me, I found the first half of this little book (Everest) so fascinating; that the second half, covering Somervell’s later medical missionary work in SW India, although a deeply worthy subject of study in its own right; just refused to grasp and hold my attention. I sleepily skipped through way too many pages; resulting in a...more
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Howard Somervell participated in the British Mount Everest expeditions of 1922 and 1924. Along with Col. Norton (who went a bit higher), he set an altitude record for a climb without oxygen in 1924 that stood until 1978. Somervell nearly lost his life by choking to death on a piece of his own frostbitten larynx on the descent, but was able to perform the Heimlich maneuver on himself and survived. Like most of the other early Everesters, he was a pretty tough guy, but also passed his down time pa...more
A compelling read. Story of early Everest expedition doctor who becomes a medical missionary in South India. In both episodes of his life Somervell comes across as tough and compassionate, impatient of class distinctions and energetic to do good. He is a great admirer of Gandhi, though he writes at a time when India has not yet gained its independence.
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After Everest: The Experiences of a Mountaineer and Medical Missionary The Assault on Everest - 1922 The Fight For Everest 1924

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