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INCREDIBLE ASCENTS TO EVEREST: CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL ASCENT Sumati Nagrath 2013 1st edition
By Nagrath, Sumati. Foreword by Tom Whittaker
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2013, 1st edition. 223 pp, 300+ color and b/w photos. A new large format (10' high) photographic celebration of Mount Everest, timed  to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first ascent, and 50th anniversary of the first American ascent. Includes 100s of color and b/w photos, many in large format. This new book gives a close-up story and terrific photos of thirteen of the most memorable climbers, expeditions and ascents.

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Paving the Way. Pre-1953 Attempts
Mallory and Irvine. Were They the First?
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. On Top of the World
The Sherpa People. Unsung Heroes of the HImalaya
Yuichiro Miura. The Man Who Skied Down Everest
Junko Tabei. To Boldly Go Where No Woman Has Gone Before
Reinold Messner. Climbing Alone and Without Oxygen
Tom Whittaker. On A Prosthetic and a Prayer
Erick Weihenmayer. Blind Faith
Mon Bahadur Sherchan. Oldest on the Peak
Elizabeth Hawley. A Life Chronicling Himalayan Expeditions
On Dangerous Ground. Tragedy on Mount Everest
Mount Everest: A Timeline. Climbing Trriumphs and Tragedies
 
Ater seven weeks of climbing, at 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. They were the first people to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest. News of the successful climb quickly made headlines around the world. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became heroes.

Soaring in height to 29,035 feet (8,848 meters) above sea level, Mount Everest is a geographical giant. Ever since it was established that the mountain is indeed the tallest in the world, humans have tried to tame it. The terrain is treacherous, the weather unpredictable, and the atmospheric conditions extreme; danger of injury, illness, delirium, and even death is ever present. Despite this, over the last 90 years, hundreds of men and women have attempted this perilous journey to the peak, and many have lived not only to tell the tale, but bask in the warm glory of the fame that this achievement naturally brings with it. But it is more than a quest for fame that drives ordinary people to undertake this most extraordinary challenge of all.

For people like George Leigh Mallory and the men of his generation the challenge was not just personal, they were attempting to scale the mountain on behalf of humanity. It was 29 years after his disappearance in 1924 that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to stand on the peak of Mount Everest. The mountain, it seemed, could be tamed. Those who came after were driven by a variety of reasons, but whatever their motivation, each of the climbers included in this book overcame extraordinary odds to reach the top of the world's tallest mountain. In the process not only did they create history, they also shattered stereotypes to redefine the limits of possibility.

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Sumati Nagrath is a writer, editor, freelance journalist, and academic. She has written numerous articles, profiles, and interviews in the Indian press including, India Today Travel Plus and Business World, India's leading English-language business weekly. She was visiting lecturer at the School of Social Science, University of Northampton, UK and taught at the School of Art and Design, Coventry University, UK. She now lives and works in Mumbai.

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