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In the Footsteps of Mallory: A journey to the North Col of Everest (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Horrell
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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"We saw the great mountain standing up from its base at the end of [the valley], a more glorious sight than I can attempt to describe ... the most steep ridges and appalling precipices that I have ever seen ... I can't tell you how it possesses me, and what a prospect it is."

These are the words of the pioneering British mountaineer George Mallory when he first set eyes on Everest as he trekked up the Rongbuk Valley in 1921. He failed to get very high up the mountain that year, but discovered the route up to the North Col which expeditions to the summit continue to use to this day.

In April 2007, Mark Horrell had just left work and was setting off on what was to prove an extensive caper around the mountainous regions of Central Asia. He wanted to see Everest from its Tibetan base camp, one of the most famous mountain views in the world, but he also wanted to climb a little higher up the mountain and have a sense of what it might have been like for Mallory.

His expedition to over 7000m on the North Col of Everest, aiming to climb a separate 7000m summit called Lhakpa Ri in the process, was a new experience for him, as he'd never been that high in his life before. The ascent to the North Col was entertaining enough and a real highlight, but he was also blessed with some interesting travelling companions who provided a number of comic interludes.

In the Footsteps of Mallory is his travel journal, and will appeal to anyone with a fascination for the highest mountain on Earth and the history surrounding it. The eBook also contains many of the author's photographs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 869 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00642C24A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,191 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm a mountaineer, adventure travel blogger, diarist and digital communications consultant from the United Kingdom, who divides his time between helping organisations with all things web and social media, and travelling extensively in the world's greater mountain ranges. In May 2012 I achieved a long-held ambition by reaching the summit of Everest.

You can read my blog at

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4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable 3 May 2013
By joicey
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for any body interested in everest and particularly in mallory , not your usual mountaineering book but still very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun short Everest Tale 12 Jun. 2012
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This is the first of the Footsteps on the Mountain seies that I have read and I found it fun and entertaining. Because of it I have now downloaded a few more of Mark Horrells tales. Nice and short with detail and moments of laughter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 9 Jan. 2014
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For any adventure / everest literature reader this is a good quick read. Giving a good insight into the camaraderie of an expedition without the associated ego
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3.0 out of 5 stars In the Footsteps of Mallory 22 Nov. 2013
By Di.
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Bought as a gift so can't comment on the book itself, but the new owner was very pleased to receive it and I have been told it was a very enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 14 Jun. 2013
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Great read and good insight to what happens up there! Thinking of it myself one day, so was great to get an 'insiders' view and what its really like!
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I enjoyed this very much. The pictures were very impressive - it was great seeing the climbers progress up to the coll. Probably more enjoyable as the digital medium adds to the experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Shelagh 18 Feb. 2013
By Shelagh
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Another fantastic book from Mark Horrell,
As Mallory is my hero I devoured every page, I can envisage every step Mallory took with Mark's facinating discriptions, The photo's make it all so close and you can really feel you are out on thoe's Majastic Mountains with him,
This was a deeply moving book also, It is not hard to imagin the hardship and frustration Mallory must have gone through to summit his beloved Everest ,,, and to me he always made it,
A well reserched and another spellbinding book about the beautiful and tantalizing Everest,
Always special as Mark's humur and humility always shines through, Great, Shelagh
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading or wannabe expeditionists..... 17 Feb. 2013
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Mark Horrell writes in a refreshing down to earth way. He evokes the trials & elations of his trips, making you feel you are with him. A bit of a classic diarist/ travel writer of the old school. Highly recommended.
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