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Last Hours on Everest by Graham Hoyland: book review

Last Hours on Everest:The Gripping Story of Mallory & Irvine’s Fatal Ascentby Graham Hoyland  It’s customary to begin reviews of Everest books with the phrase “Much has been written on this subject.” Well, much has indeed been written regarding George Mallory and Mount Everest, but as I

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Book Spotlight – Last Hours on Everest by Graham Hoyland

Last Hours on Everest:The Gripping Story of Mallory & Irvine’s Fatal Ascentby Graham HoylandI came home from work to an eagerly anticipated package today. It contained an advance copy of Graham Hoyland’s new book, Last Hours on Everest, which has been available in hardback for a while

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Everest – The First Ascent by Harriet Tuckey: book review

Everest – The First Ascent:The untold story of Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possibleby Harriet Tuckey In my opinion this is the most important book on the history of mountaineering to have been published for many years. Hopefully this review will demonstrate why I think this is absolutely

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“Dare to Dream” by Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton – book review

Dare to Dreamby Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton  Dare to Dream is the new book by Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton, available exclusively on Kindle. In May 2012, Matthew successfully climbed Everest as a member of the record breaking youngest ever team to climb the mountain. This book is the story of his dream–to climb

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First look – EVEREST: THE FIRST ASCENT by Harriet Tuckey

On May the 29th, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the highest point on planet Earth. After fifty years of dreaming and hair-brained schemes, of failed expeditions and death, of legends and heroes, Everest had finally been climbed. It was a pivotal moment of the 20th century

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The Chomolungma Diaries by Mark Horrell

The Chomolungma Diaries – what a CommercialEverest Expedition is Really Likeby Mark Horrell Everest has been in the news a lot recently, and for all the wrong reasons. The press often seems to take a perverse delight in preying on the negative aspects on climbing the highest mountain in the world.

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The ugly side of climbing and mountaineering culture

~ Aleister Crowley in 1902 ~ I’d like to begin this post by apologising on behalf of climbers everywhere. Today mountaineering has been in the news, and for all the wrong reasons: it seems that Western climbers were involved in a fight (brawl? pitched battle?) high on Everest. Other news has