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

by Harriet Tuckey

Sport The Real World

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

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.

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

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ISBN: 9781846043659
Publication date: 10/04/2014
Publisher: Rider & Co an imprint of Ebury Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846043659
Publication date: 10th April 2014
Author: Harriet Tuckey
Publisher: Rider & Co an imprint of Ebury Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Sport, The Real World,
Categories: Biography: general, Climbing & mountaineering,

About Harriet Tuckey

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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