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The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mount Everest

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This is the adventure story of the year — how Conrad Anker found the body of George Mallory on Mount Everest, casting an entirely new light on the mystery of the explorer who may have conquered Everest seventy-five years ago.

On June 8, 1924, George Leigh Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine were last seen climbing toward the summit of Mount Everest. Clouds soon closed around them, and they vanished into history. Ever since, mountaineers have wondered whether they reached the summit twenty-nine years before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

On May 1, 1999, Conrad Anker, one of the world's strongest mountaineers, discovered Mallory's body lying facedown, frozen into the scree and naturally mummified at 27,000 feet on Everest's north face. The condition of the body, as well as the artifacts found with Mallory, including goggles, an altimeter, and a carefully wrapped bundle of personal letters, are important clues in determining his fate. Seventeen days later, Anker free-climbed the Second Step, a 90-foot sheer cliff that is the single hardest obstacle on the north ridge. The first expedition known to have conquered the Second Step, a Chinese team in 1975, had tied a ladder to the cliff, leaving unanswered the question of whether Mallory could have climbed it in 1924. Anker's climb was the first test since Mallory's of the cliff's true difficulty. In treacherous conditions, Anker led teammate Dave Hahn from the Second Step to the summit.

Reflecting on the climb, Anker explains why he thinks Mallory and Irvine failed to make the summit, but at the same time, he expresses his awe at Mallory's achievement with the primitive equipment of the time. Stunningly handsome and charismatic, Mallory charmed everyone who met him during his lifetime and continues to fascinate mountaineers today. He was an able writer, a favorite of the Bloomsbury circle, and a climber of legendary gracefulness. "The Lost Explorer" is the remarkable story of this extraordinarily talented man and of the equally talented modern climber who spearheaded a discovery that may ultimately help solve the mystery of Mallory's disappearance.

Synopsis:

The adventure story of the year--how Conrad Anker found the body of George Mallory on Mount Everest, casting an entirely new light on the mystery of the explorer who may have conquered Everest 75 years ago, nearly 30 years before Sir Edmund Hillary.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue

Snickers and Tea

Mon Dieu! — George Mallory!

Dissonance

Mallory of Everest

Rescue

Teeth in the Wind

The Second Step

Apotheosis

Acknowledgments

Index

Photo Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684871516
Subtitle:
Finding Mallory on Mount Everest
Author:
Anker, Conrad
Author:
Anker, Conrad
Author:
Conrad Anker
Author:
David, Roberts
Author:
Roberts, David
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Mountaineering
Subject:
Mountaineers
Subject:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Mountaineering
Series Volume:
519
Publication Date:
20001201
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in 13.440 oz

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