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The Mystery Of Mallory And Irvine

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On 8 June 1924 George Mallory and Andrew Irvine set off from camp at 26, 700 ft, bound for the summit of Everest. They were watched by Noel Odell who, in a famous despatch to THE TIMES, describes how the clouds parted to unveil the summit ridge and final peak of the roof of the world. He watched as the two black dots made towards the top, but after 5 minutes the clouds rol ...more
Published January 1st 1986 by Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This whole mountain climbing business is a big mystery to me. I'll never understand why people take crazy risks to spend five minutes atop the biggest rock in the world, then risk their necks again to get back down. To me it seems like putting yourself in peril to get to the bottom of a mountain you had no business being at the top of in the first place. People spend tens of thousands of dollars to get a chance at Everest, and in too many cases they don't come back. Apparently the slopes are lit ...more
Sarah (Presto agitato)
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
Jane Wilson-Howarth
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.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es mucho más que el misterio de Mallory e Irvine, es una biografía bastante completa de George Leigh Mallory, con énfasis, por supuesto, en esa última expedición al Everest en 1924. Si eres amante del montañismo, el libro te resultará apasionante.
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