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Everest, the unclimbed ridge
Bonington, Chris.
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Publication Information:
New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xiii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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GV199.44.E85 B67 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV199.44.E85 B67 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Adrenaline Classics continues to bring to the fore the work of the father of modern mountaineering, the celebrated climber and writer, Sir Chris Bonington. Everest--The Unclimbed Ridge is a genuine classic of Everest literature, a book that series editor Clint Willis calls "the real climber's Into Thin Air." Bonington and coauthor Charles Clarke tell the story of Bonington's most tragic expedition--a bold attempt on the fearsome Northeast Ridge of Everest. This is the expedition that killed two of Bonington's closest friends--two young men who were part of mountaineering's greatest generation; Joe Tasker and Peter Boardman set out one morning and never made it back. With 24 black-and-white photos and spectacular, edge-of-your-seat climbing, the book offers some of the most moving and powerful moments in modern mountaineering writing. "This was an epic, groundbreaking ascent by one of the most talented teams ever to hit the Himalaya."--Stephen Venables (author of Everest: Alone at the Summit)

Author Notes

Sir Chris Bonington is a father of modern mountaineering, and climbing's greatest current ambassador. Bonington made the first British ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1963, and was the leader of the generation of British climbers who first attacked big wall climbs in the Himalayas. He has led many groundbreaking expeditions, including the 1970 first ascent of Annapurna's South Face and the 1975 first ascent of Everest's Southwest Face, and has written more than a dozen books about his adventures
Charles Clarke is an experienced mountaineer and was the team physician on the 1982 expedition to attempt Everest's unclimbed Northeast Face

Table of Contents

Clint Willis
Introductionp. ix
Chapter 1 'A Worthwhile Objective' April 1981-1st March 1982p. 1
Chapter 2 Goddess Mother of the World: 1st-8th Marchp. 16
Chapter 3 Lhasa, Once Forbidden City: 8th-16th Marchp. 33
Chapter 4 An Icy Start: 17th March-4th Aprilp. 53
Chapter 5 First Steps: 5th-14th Aprilp. 68
Chapter 6 The Second Snow Cave: 16th-23rd Aprilp. 87
Chapter 7 Of Yaks and Men: 5th-25th Aprilp. 101
Chapter 8 Idle Days: 24th April-28th Aprilp. 110
Chapter 9 The Third Foray: 29th April-7th Mayp. 118
Chapter 10 Everything Is Changed: 7th-12th Mayp. 137
Chapter 11 They Walked Out of Our Lives: 13th-21st Mayp. 147
Chapter 12 A Fruitless Search: 21st May-1st Junep. 166
Epiloguep. 177
Peter Boardman, 1950-82p. 180
Joe Tasker, 1948-82p. 186
British Everest Expedition 1982p. 193
Diary of Eventsp. 194
A Select Bibliographyp. 200
Indexp. 203