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Mick Conefrey is the acclaimed author of Everest 1953 and How to Climb Mont Blanc in a Skirt . He has produced several BBC films on mountaineering and exploration, including The Race for Everest. He lives in Oxford.
November 2013 Travel Book of the Month. Fully illustrated and replete with fascinating text boxes of trivia (how should you address a husky in Alaska?), The Adventurer's Handbook is the perfect gift for both seasoned explorers and office workers dreaming of that next big trip abroad.
At 28,251 ft, K2 might be almost 800 ft shorter than Everest, but it's a far harder climb. In this definitive account, Mick Conefrey grippingly describes the early attempts to reach the summit and provides a fascinating exploration of the first ascent's complex legacy. From the drug-addicted occultist Aleister Crowley to Achille Compagnoni and Lindo Lacedelli, the Italian duo who finally made it to the summit, The Ghosts of K2 charts how a slew of great men became fixated on this legendary mountain. Through exclusive interviews with surviving team members and their families, and unrivalled access to diaries and letters that have been archived around the world, Conefrey evokes the true atmosphere of the Savage Mountain and explores why it remains the `mountaineer's mountain', despite a history steeped in controversy and death. Wrought with tension, and populated by tragic heroes and eccentric dreamers, The Ghosts of K2 is a masterpiece of mountaineering literature.
On the morning of 2 June 1953, the day of Queen Elizabeth's coronation, the first news broke that Everest had finally been conquered. Drawing on first-hand interviews and unprecedented access to archives, this is a ground-breaking new account of that extraordinary first ascent. Revealing that what has gone down in history as a supremely well-planned expedition was actually beset by crisis and controversy, Everest 1953 recounts a bygone age of self-sacrifice and heroism, using letters and personal diaries to reveal the immense stress and heartache the climbers often hid from their fellow team members. Charting how the ascent affected the original team -in subsequent years and detailing its immense cultural impact today, Everest 1953 is the perfect book to commemorate this remarkable feat of the human will.
29. Mai 1953: Edmund Hillary und Tenzing Norgay erreichen den Gipfel des Mount Everest. Auf der Grundlage von bisher unveroffentlichten Tagebucheintragen und neuem Archivmaterial, Interviews mit noch lebenden Expeditionsmitgliedern, Verwandten, Journalisten und Bergsteigern aus aller Welt veranschaulicht Conefrey den gesamten Komplex der Erstbesteigung mitsamt seiner Vorgeschichte. Er wurdigt die Mitglieder der Expedition als Team und geht der Mystifizierung des Gipfelerfolgs sowie seiner Bedeutung fur die Zukunft des Bergs und seiner Helden auf den Grund. Der wohl umfassendste Bericht uber die dramatische Erstbezwingung des hochsten Bergs der Welt.