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The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mount Everest Paperback – 25 May 2000

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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; 2000 First Edition edition (25 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841192112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841192116
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim McNulty "The Seattle Times" A story of vast ambition and extraordinary drive.

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Conrad Anker is a professional mountaineer who has made breakthrough first ascents around the world, from the Himalayas to Antarctica and Patagonia. Conrad Anker is a professional mountaineer who has made breakthrough first ascents around the world, from the Himalayas to Antarctica and Patagonia. David Roberts, a mountaineer with extensive Alaskan experience, is the author of many books. David Roberts worked in publishing for over thirty years, most recently as a director, before devoting his energies to writing full time. He is married and divides his time between London and Wiltshire.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 May 2001
Format: Paperback
An expedition in 1999 to investigate the disappearance of Mallory and Irvine on Mt Everest form the basis for this compelling book. As a climbing enthusiast, I thoroughly enjoyed it, revelling in the valuable information it contained on both the 'life and times' of George Mallory, and the mystery surrounding his disappearance with climbing partner Andrew Irvine.
This books does more than just provide the most enlightened assesment yet of the possibility that Mallory and/or Irvine summitted Everest at the time of their disappearance. It also gives insight into the extraordinary achievements made by Mallory and his collegues in the Himalaya during three expeditions in the 1920's.
It's easy to overlook the fact that Mallory and his party were attempting the summit of Everest form the north, and perhaps even achieved it, DECADES before any other party came close to success, on any route. 'The Lost Explorer' gives a clear sense of how far ahead of his peers and his time Mallory was in his field, and also what the British parties of the '20s were up against in Tibet.
Anker gives a thrilling account of the discovery of evidence high on the flanks of Everest, and later his own summit bid, including an attempt to free-climb the second step as Mallory and Irvine would have had to. This, coupled with Roberts' informative reflections on Mallory's life and climbing career, really put in perspective the achievements of this great alpinist.
I would recommend this book as one of the most engaging and most informative I have read on the subject of Everest and its history.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Boardstupid on 12 Mar. 2001
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If you have, as I, read the other books surrounding this research expedition ("Ghosts of everest" & "lost on everest") you may find this book worth reading. The authors (Conrad Anker, the climber that found Mallory & David Roberts, close to members of the Mallory family) offer a tale of two halves (interleaved throughout) one of the history of the story & the other the thoughts & opinions of one of the key climbers on the 1999 expedition.
The history sections are as interesting as in the other books although it covers many of the same areas, a few new insights are given. Alas it is a little prone to singing the praises of Mr Anker, I felt this a little over the top in parts!
For me the more interesting sections were Conrad Anker's, giving his personal thoughts about the search & whether Mallory & Irvine made it on that fateful day as well as the reactions of the world to the discovery & excavation of the body.
For these opinions of a first-rate climber I recommend the book.
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As an armchair mountaineer I am a huge fan of Conrad Anker. He is such a wonderful inspiring explorer and his achievements are amazing.. But for me George Mallory is my hero.. I feel the way Conrad Anker has spoke about him with such great respect, and how sensitively he handled finding Mallorys body was such a credit to him.... He is one of the old school gentlemen.. A fabulous informative book.. Well done Conrad.. I am so glad.. and I am sure Mallorys family were so pleased you were the one to find this truly exceptional man.
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Conrad Anker and David Roberts co-authored this delightful book which adds much rich detail to the mystery surrounding Mallory's disappearance on Everest over seventy years before he was discovered by Anker. Listen to Anker on the BBC Radio Four Desert Island Discs podcast and you will surely be hooked into this story.
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