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The dramatic and inspiring account of the very first attempt to climb Mount Everest, published to coincide with the centenary of the expedition of 1922. The first attempt on Everest in 1922 by George Leigh Mallory and a British team is an extraordinary story full of controversy, drama, and incident, populated by a set of larger-than-life characters straight out of an advent The dramatic and inspiring account of the very first attempt to climb Mount Everest, published to coincide with the centenary of the expedition of 1922. The first attempt on Everest in 1922 by George Leigh Mallory and a British team is an extraordinary story full of controversy, drama, and incident, populated by a set of larger-than-life characters straight out of an adventure novel. The expedition ended in tragedy when, on their third bid for the top, Mallory's party was hit by an avalanche that left seven men dead. Using diaries, letters, and unpublished accounts, Mick Conefrey creates a rich, character-driven narrative that explores the motivations and private dramas of the key individuals—detailing their backroom politics and bitter rivalries—who masterminded this epic adventure.


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The dramatic and inspiring account of the very first attempt to climb Mount Everest, published to coincide with the centenary of the expedition of 1922. The first attempt on Everest in 1922 by George Leigh Mallory and a British team is an extraordinary story full of controversy, drama, and incident, populated by a set of larger-than-life characters straight out of an advent The dramatic and inspiring account of the very first attempt to climb Mount Everest, published to coincide with the centenary of the expedition of 1922. The first attempt on Everest in 1922 by George Leigh Mallory and a British team is an extraordinary story full of controversy, drama, and incident, populated by a set of larger-than-life characters straight out of an adventure novel. The expedition ended in tragedy when, on their third bid for the top, Mallory's party was hit by an avalanche that left seven men dead. Using diaries, letters, and unpublished accounts, Mick Conefrey creates a rich, character-driven narrative that explores the motivations and private dramas of the key individuals—detailing their backroom politics and bitter rivalries—who masterminded this epic adventure.

50 review for Everest 1922: The Epic Story of the First Attempt on the World's Highest Mountain

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andy Weston

    This book concerns the second of Mallory’s three Everest attempts, and arguably the least written about. The previous being the year before, and the third, the much documented expedition of 1924 on which he died. Conefrey attempts to get to the reason as to why the expedition failed. Initially, it was a huge challenge to even get to the mountain, straddled between Tibet and Nepal, both of which were closed off to the world. Funding was also incredibly difficult. But having overcome those hurdles This book concerns the second of Mallory’s three Everest attempts, and arguably the least written about. The previous being the year before, and the third, the much documented expedition of 1924 on which he died. Conefrey attempts to get to the reason as to why the expedition failed. Initially, it was a huge challenge to even get to the mountain, straddled between Tibet and Nepal, both of which were closed off to the world. Funding was also incredibly difficult. But having overcome those hurdles, after many years of planning, the expedition was drastically poorly equipped with particular regard to clothing. It also suffered from a lack of food despite taking more than 800 cases of provisions, which included 24 bottles of champagne.. This is a book for devoted to the history of the mountain. Whereas much of what Conefrey relates is not new, his research is impeccable and there is plenty of minutiae, some of which is of interest. There’s always a danger in this sort of book in becoming nostalgic in not simply recounting the facts, and Conefrey does fall into that trap on occasions, but overall the book was worth the read, if for nothing less than the half dozen or so snippets of information that I was not already aware of.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    A thorough look at the first attempt to climb Mt. Everest. Unfortunately hampered by what primary sources are available, perhaps too much time spent on the politicking and managing of the expedition, rather than the climbing itself. Very good when, along with the climbers, we're on Everest herself. A thorough look at the first attempt to climb Mt. Everest. Unfortunately hampered by what primary sources are available, perhaps too much time spent on the politicking and managing of the expedition, rather than the climbing itself. Very good when, along with the climbers, we're on Everest herself.

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