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The Call of Everest: The History, Science, and Future of the World's Tallest Peakby Conrad Anker
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50 years after the historical 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, National Geographic is publishing the ultimate illustrated volume on Everest, featuring legendary mountaineer Conrad Anker's anniversary ascent on the mountain and filled with stories and photographs chosen to capture the danger, the intrigue, the legacy, and the prevailing power of this mountain in the world's imagination.
Geography, geology, history, and culture weave together in an eloquent narrative that stands as a foundation for many contributions, both archival and contemporary, representing the varied facets of the mountain and its meaning. From its geological formation to the sherpas of Nepal, who have lived on its slopes so long its demands have influenced their genetics; from the challenges Everest presents for the most seasoned of climbers to the commercialization of treks and controversies surrounding them; and including the future of this mountain, already showing the impact of global warming in shrinking glaciers, depleted watersheds, and changing weather patterns--the story is epic, global in interest, and ever-changing, even though the mountain stands eternal above us all.
Archival maps and photographs plus the best images National Geographic photographers have taken of Everest combine with authoritative text to make this a book worthy of the mountain itself; the latest geographical knowledge is compiled on a new map, never before published.
Central to the book is world-renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker, who has climbed Everest at least four times and leads the legacy expedition. With him on the journey will be National Geographic adventure journalist Mark Jenkins, who contributes a key first-person chapter about the experience of climbing Mount Everest. Photographer Cory Richards--triple Banff film festival award winner with his short moutaineering film, Cold, in 2011--brings back photos from the summit that will add to the remarkable National Geographic archive also featured in this book.
Thomas Hornbein, one of the few surviving members of the original 1963 American Everest expedition, wrote the Foreword. Interspersed throughout are guest essays by others who know Everest well, including Bruce Johnson, Mayo Clinic physician, specialist in body responses to extremes and a member of the 2012 climb team; Alton Byers, National Geographic grantee from the Mountain Institute, specialist in climate change at high altitudes; Broughton Coburn, author and expert on Himalayan culture; David Breashears, Everest climber and author. At the heart of the narrative is Mark Jenkins's first-person account of the experience of being on the mountain today.
Gripping and sumptuous, this is the definitive book on the history, mystique, and science of Mount Everest, including how climate change is impacting the world's tallest mountain. It will draw fans of Outside, Men's Health, and other outdoor magazines, as well as mountaineers, adventure travelers, backpackers, and those who are intrigued by the culture of the Himalaya.
In 1963, the American Mount Everest Expedition made mountaineering history. It was the first American venture to successfully scale the legendary peak and the first successful climb up the hazardous West Ridge (a climb so difficult no one has yet repeated it). In 2012, adventurer Conrad Anker led a National Geographic/The North Face team up the mountain to enact a legacy climb. Environmental changes and overcrowding led to challenges and disappointments, but yet the mountain maintains its allure. Now, steely-eyed Anker leads a team of writers in a book designed to celebrate the world's most famous mountain, to look back over the years of climbing triumphs and tragedies, and to spotlight what has changed--and what remains eternal--on Mount Everest. Telltale signs of Everest's current state, never-before-published photography, and cutting-edge science expose the world's tallest peak--its ancient meaning, its ever-present challenges, and its future in a world of disappearing ice.
About the Author
CONRAD ANKER is famous for succeeding at death-defying ascents in the Himalaya and Antarctica. In 1999 he discovered George Mallory's body, the legendary British climber who disappeared on Everest.
BERNADETTE MCDONALD is a prizewinning Canadian writer who has authored or contributed to eight books including National Geographic's Voices from the Summit and Extreme Landscape.
MARK JENKINS writes about remote expeditions for National Geographic, Outside, Men's Health, Playboy, and many other magazines. His dispatches from Everest on the legacy climb will form part of this book's narrative.
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