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Climbing Everest: The Complete Writings of George Leigh Mallory

Climbing Everest: The Complete Writings of George Leigh Mallory [Kindle Edition]

George Leigh Mallory , Peter Gillman
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'Bold, innovative and inspirational.' Peter Gillman, introduction --1

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Compelling pieces.' Stephen Venables, Mail on Sunday 'Invaluable... [a] surprise it has taken so long to see the light of day.' National Geographic 'Expressive and emotionally literate.' Scottish Mountaineer In Climbing Everest, George Mallory (18 June 1886 - 8/9 June 1924), possibly the first man to summit Everest, takes us with him on his climbs in Britain and the Alps, culminating in his three expeditions to Mount Everest - the last of which cost him his life (a few days after the final piece in this book). Mallory was one of the first climbers to explore the emotional meaning of climbing, discarding the Edwardian stiff upper lip in the face of adventure. All his writings on climbing - here collected for the first time - started out as letters to his wife Ruth. He turned them into finely-crafted pieces read by climbers as well as arm-chair climbers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1856 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Gibson Square (24 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009WW5A20
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,521 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Because it's there" 12 Jan 2011
It's a shame that this book didn't get the blaze of publicity that other mountaineering publications received, as it really is a little gem and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to read a first hand account of George Mallory's legendary attempts to scale the worlds highest peak, Mount Everest.

Peter Gillman the author of The Wildest Dream: Mallory - His Life and Conflicting Passions has realised a lifelong ambition, to bring together and publish the works of George Leigh Mallory. Not an epic tome by any stretch of the imagination as Mallory has only six published articles written for two of the more eminent climbing publications of the day. However if you seek an insight into the man who became part of the biggest mountaineering mystery ever known then you will not be disappointed, for his dedication and tenacity abounds from each page and will keep you in a sometimes icy grip, a grip you won't want relinquished. This book will demand your attention!

Suffice to say that Mount Everest dominates this book, however the attempt on Mont Maudit 1916 and Mont Blanc 1921 provide a captivating interlude. The descriptive ability of Mallory will take your breath away and even those with the dourest of imaginations will almost feel the Himalayan wind buffeting them as they read. I was most interested in the detailed accounts of the reconnaissance of Everest and the logistical nightmares of the day, the coping with altitude sickness while dealing with sometimes wayward porters was an eye opener. What he wouldn't have given for a helicopter or even a jeep!!

If you have any interest in the often quoted but seldom understood George Leigh Mallory then this book is an absolute must have. So wrap up warm, grab a brew and enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heroic but hard work 23 Mar 2013
By Cad
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I would have loved to be able to rate this higher. As an avid reader of anything to do with mountaineering I have a library full of accounts of high altitude adventures. George Mallory therefore is undoubtedly one of my heroes and there was never any doubt that I would purchase this book as soon as it was available. It is a must have for any follower of mountain exploits and being compiled solely by the hand of Mallory himself makes it even more desirable. I really tried to enjoy this book as much as I thought I would but I have to admit to it being hard work at times. I cannot remember how many times I started it and then put it down having to start it all over again. It just did not seem to flow. There were some truly magical accounts such as the climbing of Mont Maudit and Mont Blanc where you felt as though you were right there with the author and were almost breathless with the excitement, terror and anticipation. These were some of the best passages that I have ever read. The account of Everest itself I found a little confusing at times before realising that some of the latter chapters were the re-telling of earlier ones with more detail. Some of these were indeed spellbinding and it is hard to believe how much these brave men accomplished with the primitive tools at their disposal. To read Mallory's first hand account of these attempts is spine tingling at times and what can surpass the great man's own words? The chapters 'The Mountaineer as Artist' and 'Mountain Craft' I found a little hard going however. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great... 15 April 2013
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Great read about one of climbings most mysterious men and for all appearances a true gent, highly recommend! In hope this brief rating can help on some small way to your buying choice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative 21 July 2013
By Terry
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Bought as a present for a close friend and he was delighted as he found it to be both interesting and informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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V good.
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