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Tenzing Norgay and the Sherpas of Everest
Tenzing, Tashi.
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Camden, Me. : Ragged Mountain Press/McGraw-Hill, c2001..
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xxi, 294 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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GV199.44.E85 T46 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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On May 29, 1953, Tenzing Norgay became one of the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Tenzing received many honours, but he was never comfortable with his celebrity status. Instead he chose to champion the cause of the Sherpa people, live simply and work to improve their conditions.

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This latest Himalayan climbing tale could be subtitled "Homage to the Sherpas," for as Tenzing knows, no expedition has ever reached the summit of Everest without their aid. A former mountaineering guide himself, Tenzing retells some of the sport's most famous climbs, focusing on the career of his grandfather, Tenzing Norgay, "the most renowned of all Sherpas, Man of Everest, Tiger of the Snows," who made the first successful ascent of Mt. Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. He also details his grandfather's later years, including the controversy about who actually reached the summit first (it was likely Hillary by a nose, Tenzing says) and the ambivalence Norgay felt about his sudden celebrity. But what distinguishes this book from the many others on Himalayan climbing is Tenzing's exploration of Sherpa society and history. Tenzing, who is married to an Australian (who collaborated on this book) and lives in Australia, is conflicted over the modern world's effects on the Sherpas. On the one hand, steady Himalayan tourism and the demand for Sherpa guides has been a "blessing" more jobs has meant more money and better living (a lower infant mortality rate, for example). On the other hand, Tenzing admits that the boost in climbing has led to environmental degradation and increased drug use among Sherpas. Even though his story is unlikely to climb the bestseller lists, it will appeal to the wide audience for survival books, as it tells familiar stories from a fresh point of view. Illus. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

His Holiness The Dalai LamaSir Edmund Hillary
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
A Note on Sherpa Namesp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 The Mountain and Its Peoplep. 11
Chapter 2 The Himalayan Club and the Tiger Medalp. 25
Chapter 3 The First Tigers of the Snowsp. 37
Chapter 4 Tenzing's Everest Dreamp. 61
Chapter 5 Everest 1952p. 85
Chapter 6 Everest 1953p. 107
Chapter 7 Tenzing After Everestp. 141
Chapter 8 My Ouest for Everestp. 179
Chapter 9 Other Tenzings on Everestp. 217
Chapter 10 The New Lords of Everestp. 239
Chapter 11 More Than Mountainsp. 253
Chapter 12 Change and the Futurep. 261
Sherpa Ascents of Everest 1953-2000p. 271
Brief Bibliographyp. 287
A Note from the Writerp. 289
Art Creditsp. 293
Author Biographyp. 296
Overview Map of the Regionp. xxii
The Solu Khumbup. 6
Mount Everestp. 95