Author: Mick Conefrey
Les coulisses de la victoire sur l’Everest racontées pour la première fois à l’appui d’archives inédites. 29 mai 1953. Edmund Hillary et Tenzing Norgay sont les premiers hommes à fouler le sommet de l’Everest, la plus haute montagne au monde. 60 ans plus tard, voici le premier récit complet sur cet exploit historique, fruit de recherches approfondies de l’auteur, qui a eu accès à de nombreuses archives inédites et passionnantes dont celles de membres de l’expédition, du gouvernement britannique ou de la prestigieuse Royal Geographical Society. Et d’apprendre qu’une expédition qui est entrée dans les manuels d’histoire comme un modèle d’organisation fut secouée de nombreuses crises, sur la montagne mais aussi en dehors. Pressions politiques, enjeux diplomatiques, guerre médiatique, ambitions personnelles, controverses étouffées : l’expédition de 1953 est non seulement une histoire humaine de courage et d’aventure, mais un condensé des intérêts et luttes d’un monde effervescent en cette année du couronnement de la reine Elizabeth II. Mick Conefrey éclaire d’une lumière inédite le courage, l’imagination et le talent hors normes dont ont dû faire preuve chaque membre de l’expédition pour aboutir au succès. Un récit palpitant, fourmillant d’anecdotes et d’informations, répondant à de nombreuses questions, dont la célèbre "qui de Hillary ou de Tenzing a foulé le premier le sommet ?". Le premier récit complet de cet exploit historique ! CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE Un régal ! Un récit humain, drôle et méticuleusement recherché. - The Independent Fascinant et poignant. La référence définitive sur cette téméraire ascension. - Daily Mail J'ai souvent été ému au cours de ma lecture. Cette histoire est celle du courage et, malheureusement, d'un monde aujourd'hui disparu. - The Guardian À PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR Mick Conefrey habite à Oxford, en Angleterre. Il est l'auteur de nombreux livres et documentaires d'aventure et de montagne, dont plusieurs en collaboration avec la BBC.
Author: Mick Conefrey
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
CLICK HERE to download a sample from Everest 1953 In the only book to tell the real story of Everest 1953, Mick Conefrey reveals that what has gone down in history as a supremely well-planned attempt was in fact beset by crises -- both on and off the mountain. To succeed, team leader Colonel John Hunt and his team had to draw on unimaginable skill and determination, as well as sheer British ingenuity. Everest 1953 is not only a gripping true story of courage and adventure, but a fascinating window into the media contest to cover this seminal event in coronation year. The Times had exclusive access to the team, but the Daily Mail and other papers used subterfuge and shenanigans to get their scoops. Revealing the answers to long-enduring controversies -- did Tenzing or Hillary actually reach the top first? -- and exploring the legacy of this great ascent, it is the perfect way to commemorate a year of British sporting triumph.
In August 2002, Mike Horn set out on a mission that bordered on the impossible: to travel 12,000 miles around the globe at the Arctic Circle - alone, against all prevailing winds and currents, and without motorized transportation. Conquering the Impossible is the gripping account of Horn's grueling 27-month expedition by sail and by foot through extreme Arctic conditions that nearly cost him his life on numerous occasions. Enduring temperatures that ranged to as low as -95 degrees Fahrenheit, Horn battled hazards including shifting and unstable ice that gave way and plunged him into frigid waters, encounters with polar bears so close that he felt their breath on his face, severe frostbite in his fingers, and a fire that destroyed all of his equipment and nearly burned him alive. Complementing the sheer adrenaline of Horn's narrative are the isolated but touching human encounters the adventurer has with the hardy individuals who inhabit one of the remotest corners of the earth. From an Inuit who teaches him how to build an igloo to an elderly Russian left behind when the Soviets evacuated his remote Arctic town, Horn finds camaraderie, kindness, and assistance to help him survive the most unforgiving conditions. This awe-inspiring account is a page-turner and an Arctic survival tale in one. Most of all, it's a testament to one man's unrelenting desire to push the boundaries of human endurance.
Author: Edmund Hillary
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
"With nimble words and a straightforward style, New Zealand mountaineering legend Hillary recollects the bravery and frustration, the agony and glory that marked his Everest odyssey. From the 1951 expedition that led to the discovery of the southern route, through the grueling Himalayan training of 1952, and on to the successful 1953 expedition led by Colonel John Hunt, Hillary conveys in precise language the mountain's unforgiving conditions. In explicit detail he recalls an Everest where chaotic icefalls force costly detours, unstable snow ledges promise to avalanche at the slightest misstep, and brutal weather shifts from pulse-stopping cold to fiendish heat in mere minutes.".
Author: Michael Kodas
Publisher: Hachette Books
High Crimes is journalist Michael Kodas's gripping account of life on top of the world--where man is every bit as deadly as Mother Nature. In the years following the publication of Into Thin Air, much has changed on Mount Everest. Among all the books documenting the glorious adventures in mountains around the world, none details how the recent infusion of wealthy climbers is drawing crime to the highest place on the planet. The change is caused both by a tremendous boom in traffic, and a new class of parasitic and predatory adventurer. It's likely that Jon Krakauer would not recognize the camps that he visited on Mount Everest almost a decade ago. This book takes readers on a harrowing tour of the criminal underworld on the slopes of the world's most majestic mountain. High Crimes describes two major expeditions: the tragic story of Nils Antezana, a climber who died on Everest after he was abandoned by his guide; as well as the author's own story of his participation in the Connecticut Everest Expedition, guided by George Dijmarescu and his wife and climbing partner, Lhakpa Sherpa. Dijmarescu, who at first seemed well-intentioned and charming, turned increasingly hostile to his own wife, as well as to the author and the other women on the team. By the end of the expedition, the three women could not travel unaccompanied in base camp due to the threat of violence. Those that tried to stand against the violence and theft found that the worst of the intimidation had followed them home to Connecticut. Beatings, thefts, drugs, prostitution, coercion, threats, and abandonment on the highest slopes of Everest and other mountains have become the rule rather than the exception. Kodas describes many such experiences, and explores the larger issues these stories raise with thriller-like intensity.
Left for Dead
Author: Beck Weathers, Stephen G. Michaud
With a new preface by the author • As featured in the upcoming motion picture Everest, starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, and Jake Gyllenhaal “I can tell you that some force within me rejected death at the last moment and then guided me, blind and stumbling—quite literally a dead man walking—into camp and the shaky start of my return to life.” In 1996 Beck Weathers and a climbing team pushed toward the summit of Mount Everest. Then a storm exploded on the mountain, ripping the team to shreds, forcing brave men to scratch and crawl for their lives. Rescuers who reached Weathers saw that he was dying, and left him. Twelve hours later, the inexplicable occurred. Weathers appeared, blinded, gloveless, and caked with ice—walking down the mountain. In this powerful memoir, now featuring a new Preface, Weathers describes not only his escape from hypothermia and the murderous storm that killed eight climbers, but the journey of his life. This is the story of a man’s route to a dangerous sport and a fateful expedition, as well as the road of recovery he has traveled since; of survival in the face of certain death, the reclaiming of a family and a life; and of the most extraordinary adventure of all: finding the courage to say yes when life offers us a second chance. Praise for Left for Dead “Riveting . . . [a] remarkable survival story . . . Left for Dead takes a long, critical look at climbing: Weathers is particularly candid about how the demanding sport altered and strained his relationships.”—USA Today “Ultimately, this engrossing tale depicts the difficulty of a man’s struggle to reform his life.”—Publishers Weekly From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Maurice Herzog
Publisher: Lyons Press
Provides an account of the author's conquest of the Himalaya peak, and the difficulties that arose afterward
The Mountains of My Life
Author: Walter Bonatti
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
The legendary mountaineer describes his adventures in such ranges as the Alps and Himalayas, and provides details of what really happened during a controversial 1954 Italian expedition that made the first ascent of K2.
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Author: David Breashears, Audrey Salkeld
Publisher: National Geographic
Describes Mallory's final expedition to Mount Everest in 1924, the mystery surrounding his disappearance, and the discovery of his remains in 1999
Mick Fowler and Victor Saunders, famed British alpinists learned to know each other while winter climbing in Scotland, in all kind of weather, mostly bad: an ideal stepping stone for great Himalayan adventures. They shared three expeditions in Pakistan: The ascents of Bojohagur (7329m), Spantik (7027m) and Ultar (7388m). The tales of these selected adventures, published separately over three of their books (rewarded several times - Banff festival, Boardman Tasker), have been assembled in a new book: HIMALAYA - Mick and Vic' Tribulations. The two pals' tales are intertwined and offer two visions sometimes similar, sometimes different of the same events, with a caustic humour at the turn of every single line. This refreshing, compelling text full of funny and uncommon anecdotes is also the story of their strong friendship. Besides the amateurs of mountaineering tales, this book should please the amateurs of unconventional atmospheres.
Wallonia—the southern region of Belgium—boasts an extraordinarily rich cultural heritage. This book presents the first comprehensive overview of Walloon culture, exploring in particular the roles that literature, music, and art have played in establishing a sense of Walloon identity from prehistory to the present. Lavishly illustrated with over four hundred reproductions of manuscripts, photographs, maps, and other works of art, this volume offers a magnificent exploration of Walloon culture.
Includes Les Livres du mois formerly published separately.
The Issue With Mongols
Author: Anatoly Fomenko
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
The small nomad tribe of Mongols did not know till XX century how great a power they were once. Nor did Mongols know who Great Ghengis Khan was and how he has conquered Eurasia, Russia, China, the whole works. Back in 1879 Mr. Prejevalsky, colonel of Russian cavalry made two major discoveries Gobi Desert, i.e. in Mongolia: for the first, a small wild undomesticated horse, for the second, a case of collective amnesia of the Mongols people. who ignored how great a power they were once.Nobody in the nomad tribe called Mongols couldn't either read, no write and did not know till colonel told them so, how great a world power they were once. Nor did Mongols know who the character Great Ghengis Khan was and how he has conquered Eurasia, Russia, China, the whole works. Actually, in old Russian language � horde � means army. Consequently, the Mongolian Horde was merely the ancient Russian army. According to the official version of history, Russia remained under the political and military yoke of the Mongols for many centuries on end. The term "Mongol" is usually assumed to have always meant the same thing - however, this turns out to be incorrect; the modern interpretation is of a relatively recent origin. Bear in mind that Mongolia didn't exist as an independent state until the revolution of 1917 in Russia! The word "Mongol" comes from Russian 'mnogo' simply meaning 'a lot, "numerous" or "Great One" - its association with the nomadic tribes hailing from the steppes north of China is a later invention. But why did it have to be invented?The reason is simple: the actual "Mongol conquerors of Russia" never existed. The yoke theory was created by the court German historians of the new Russian dynasty, the Romanovs. The Mongol yoke theory has served the end of justifying the Romanovs' claims for the throne and demonizing their longtime adversaries - the Horde, or the professional Russian army, which remained fiercely loyal to the old Russian dynasty, deposed and finally destroyed by the Romanovs as a result of a conspiracy. The savage invaders and torturers of the Russian land that we read about in history textbooks were the protectors of the state in reality - and ethnic Slavs for the most part. Small wonder historians still cannot find a single trace of the mythical Mongol capital - no such capital ever existed anywhere near the Gobi Desert.