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CHALLENGE OF THE ANDES: THE CONQUEST OF MOUNT HUANTSAN C.G. Egeler 1955 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By Egeler, C.G.
Price: $35.00


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New York, 1955, 1st Am edition. 203 pp, 32 photos, 9 sketches and maps. Grey cloth hardcover with chipped dust jacket. Near Fine overall. 

First ascent by two Dutchmen and Lionel Terray of this 20,981' peak in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru.  

This from the dust wrapper: "This is an adventure story: a hair-raising narrative of grit and daring and endurance; a story of appalling dangers and exhilarating triumph. For decades the long snow-capped range of the Cordillera Blanca has challenged the climbers of the world. The supreme challenge is Huantsan; 21,000 feet of deep crevasses, of soft treacherous snow, of knife edges and vertical walls and tremendous cornices of ice. It was the dream of two young Dutchmen, Egeler and de Booy, that their country's flag should be the first to fly from its summit.
 
This book is their own story of how they planted it there. Accompanied by Lionel Terray, fresh from the victory of Annapurna, they reached Peru in 1952 only to find that an American expedition was in the field before them.The news spurred them on. With grim determination they overcame one by one the countless difficulties in their path; difficulties of acclimatization and organization; difficulties with guides and porters who were notably lacking in the qualities which have made the Sherpas legendary. And at last they were in a position to launch the assault.
 
From there the story sweeps to its tremendous climax. Undeterred by blizzards and frostbite, thev struggled upwards. For sixty hours they were trapped by a hurricane; at one moment de Booy slipped head first into a crevasse and was saved from death by a miracle. But the summit was reached. They were first to reach it. They planted their flags in untrodden snow. Told with vigour, with engaging modesty and great good humour, this narrative is a gripping testimony to the courage of men who climb high mountains because they are high and because they are there. To read it is to share every moment of peril and fortitude and triumph."
 

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