A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes

592pp 65+ PHOTOS 15 MAPS 2010 LIST PRICE: £18.00 (P) E319



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The first ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay is a familiar saga, but less well known are the tales of other adventurers in these most dangerous mountains. Isserman and Weaver recount the most significant climbs since the 1890s, evoking the social and cultural worlds that gave rise to those expeditions. They include such figures as Martin Conway, who led the first Himalayan climbing expedition in 1892; Fanny Bullock Workman, the pioneer of the Karakoram range; George Mallory, the romantic martyr of Mount Everest fame; Charlie Houston, who led American expeditions to K2 in the 1930s and 1950s; Ang Tharkay, the legendary Sherpa, and many others. Throughout, the authors discuss the effects of political and social change on the world of mountaineering, exploring a culture that once emphasised teamwork and fellowship among climbers, but now has been eclipsed by a scramble for individual fame and glory.