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The Mystery Of Mallory And Irvine
On June 8, 1924, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine set off from camp at 26,700 feet, bound for the summit of Mount Everest. After being spotted by Noel Odell in a brief moment when the clouds parted to reveal the summit ridge they disappeared into the clouds, never to be seen alive again.
The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine is a thorough exploration of mountaineering's greate...more
Published January 1st 1986 by Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Based on the title, I thought this book would focus more on what ultimately happened on Mallory and Irvine's fatal climb of Mount Everest in 1924, and while it certainly does cover that, the book also serves as an excellent biography of George Mallory. Additionally, it gives a behind-the-scenes account of some of the controversies and in-fighting regarding the Everest expeditions of the 1920s through letters written by members of the Mount Everest Committee at the time. This account adds insight ...more
A carefully researched an illuminating account of an astonishing endeavour in a time when explorers truly risked everything for their goal. I found myself skipping the portions dealing with the political shenanigans back in Europe, so that I could move on to the real epic. The book would have been improved by better maps.