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Everest - The First Ascent The Untold Story of Griffith Pugh, the Man Who Made it Possible by Harriet Tuckey
  

Everest - The First Ascent The Untold Story of Griffith Pugh, the Man Who Made it Possible

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Winner of the Outstanding Sports Writing Award at the British Sports Book Awards 2014.

A doctor and physiologist, Griffith Pugh revolutionised almost every aspect of British high-altitude mountaineering, transforming the climbers' attitude to oxygen, the clothes they wore, their equipment, fluid intake and acclimatisation. Yet, far from receiving the acclaim he was due, he was met with suspicion and ridicule.

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Everest - The First Ascent The Untold Story of Griffith Pugh, the Man Who Made it Possible by Harriet Tuckey

This is the winner of the outstanding General Sports Writing Award, British Sports Book Awards. It is the winner of the Boardman Tasker Prize. It is the winner of the Mountain & Wilderness Prize, Banff Festival. It is the winner of the Tony Lothian Award, Biographers' Club. For the first time, drawing upon previously unseen diaries and letters, rare archive material and interviews, Everest - The First Ascent tells the remarkable story of Griffith Pugh, the forgotten team member whose scientific breakthroughs ensured the world's highest mountain could be climbed. A doctor and physiologist, Griffith Pugh revolutionised almost every aspect of British high-altitude mountaineering, transforming the climbers' attitude to oxygen, the clothes they wore, their equipment, fluid intake and acclimatisation. Yet, far from receiving the acclaim he was due, he was met with suspicion and ridicule. His scientific contributions were, quite simply, at odds with old-fashioned notions of derring-do and the gentlemanly amateurism that dogged the sport. Later in his career, his impact in helping athletes enhance their performance lasts to this day in the fields of cycling, swimming and running. This insightful biography shows Pugh to be troubled, abrasive, yet brilliant. Eight years in the writing, closely researched, and told with unflinching honesty by Pugh's daughter, Harriet Tuckey, Everest - The First Ascent is the compelling portrait of an unlikely hero.


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Reviews

'Shines an entirely new light on the great expedition - a riveting read, full of surprises' -- Sir Chris Bonington

'The most important addition to the story of Everest. Doug Scott Marvellously enjoyable and exciting...' The Times

'Gripping... finally establishes [Pugh] as the real hero of the expedition.' Daily Mail

About the Author

Harriet Tuckey is the daughter of Griffith Pugh. She has a first-class honours degree in English Literature and an MA in the Sociology of Literature from the University of Essex, as well as a postgraduate diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute. She has worked for the policy think tank PEP, the UK Department of Employment and the Manpower Services Commission in various research capacities. She lives in London.

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Book Info

Publication date

10th April 2014

Author

Harriet Tuckey

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Publisher

Rider & Co an imprint of Ebury Publishing

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

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Biography: general
Climbing & mountaineering

ISBN

9781846043659

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