Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via United States Postal Service   Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: BK3875-1210
MY FATHER FRANK: THE UNRESTING SPIRIT OF EVEREST. Tony Smythe 2013 1st ed New Hardcover MULTIPLE COPIES AVAILABLE
By Smythe, Tony. Foreword by Doug Scott
Price: $19.95

List Price: $39.95
You Save $20.00 (50%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description
MULTIPLE COPIES AVAILABLE 

2013, 1st UK edition. 324 pp, 32 pp of b/w photos. A new biography of one the the strongest Himalayan climbers of the 1930s.  New hardcover with Dust Jacket.

'This book is timely, well researched and written with the authority of a committed climber. The reader will be watching to see just how objective Frank's son will be and I can only compliment Tony Smythe on dealing with all the major events in his father's life in the most even-handed way. I found the quarrel between Smythe and Graham Brown one of the most interesting sections of the book for Tony's description of the climbing is riveting and his analysis of the disagreements masterful. The reader is left gripped... The book does not lack humour either, and I found myself smiling, sometimes laughing out loud.' Doug Scott

Frank Smythe's mountaineering achievements in the decade before the Second World War became a part of climbing history. His intensive Alpine climbing, followed by two Himalayan expeditions - to Kangchenjunga in 1930 and success the following year on Kamet, the highest summit then reached - became the prelude to Everest. And in 1933 on that great mountain, climbing alone and without supplementary oxygen he got to within 820 feet of the top, a record height before efforts were resumed post-war and Everest was climbed in 1953. And as a superb Himalayan finale, in 1937 he returned to the Indian Garhwal to climb difficult peaks up to 24,000 feet in a rapid lightweight style.

The expeditions were central to his lifetime's work as a writer and photographer - 27 books and albums, together with numberless newspaper and magazine articles, intensive lecturing, radio broadcasts and a film. It was an output that made him a celebrity, a rare feat in the days before television and the internet. He had tens of thousands of readers and his name was familiar to perhaps millions of the general public. It was an incredible career, especially since he died at the early age of 48 after a serious illness in India.

Frank Smythe was resolute in keeping his home life private, and few details of it emerged in his writings. It was a turbulent life, even from earliest childhood, and remained so, with ambition and impatience almost overwhelming him at times, and eventually this volatile mix, apart from alienating some more traditional members of the Alpine Club, would lead to the break-up of his marriage. Yet when he was among hills he became tranquil and inspired. Some fifty years after his death in 1949 one of his three sons, Tony, decided to write a full account of his father's life, an extraordinary story he believed was important historically and well worth telling. This book is the result. New hardcover with Dust Jacket, price approximate.

  • The author - Tony Smythe was born in 1934. After leaving school he joined the RAF, serving for eight years as a pilot, flying Canberras and Javelins before resigning to devote more time to climbing and travelling. He made numerous journeys, climbs and expeditions, giving lectures to schools and societies about his experiences in the Alps, Eastern Europe and Russia, Canada and Alaska, the Himalayas and South America. In later years he became a potter, making hand-thrown tableware on a wheel at his workshop in Oxfordshire before moving to the Lake District, where he could indulge his passion for paragliding more intensively. To see more of Scotland he set about completing the Munros, summiting the last in 2005, just 50 years after the first. He is the author of Rock Climbers in Action in Snowdonia, a 'cult' book of the 1960s jointly produced with his photographer friend, John Cleare, and has written extensively for journals and magazines about his adventures. He is married, and he and his wife have a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
ROCK CLIMBERS IN ACTION IN SNOWDONIA Tony Smythe and John Cleare 1967 2nd ptg Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Smythe, Tony and John Cleare
Price $25.00 ~ Regular $250.00, You Save $225.00 (90%)
- Item # OP1297-514
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
IN SEARCH OF PEAKS, PASSES AND GLACIERS: IRISH ALPINE PIONEERS SIGNED BY Frank Nugent 2013 1st ed DJ NEW
By: Nugent, Frank
Price $24.95 ~ Regular $49.95, You Save $25.00 (50%)
- Item # BK10784-111
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BRITISH MOUNTAINEERS Frank Smythe 1946 2nd ptg Hardcover DJ VG-Near Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Smythe, Frank S.
Price $3.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $16.01 (80%)
- Item # OP2408A-5142
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BRITISH MOUNTAINEERS Frank Smythe 1942 1st Bahamas edition Hardcover DJ [The Bahamas!!??]
By: Smythe, Frank S.
Price $15.00
- Item # OP2408B-514
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE MOUNTAIN VISION 1946 Reprint Hardcover DJ VG SIGNED by Frank Smythe
By: Smythe, Frank
Price $95.00 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $55.00 (37%)
- Item # OP1336AB-257
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CLIMBS IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES Frank S. Smythe 1950 1st UK ed Hardcover No DJ Near Fine 2 Copies Avaialable
By: Smythe, Frank S.
Price $19.99 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $30.01 (60%)
- Item # OP1741C-4572
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TWO GENERATIONS Edmund Hillary 1984 2nd UK imp Hardcover DJ Near Fine 2 Copies Available SIGNED by Ed and Peter Hillary
By: Hillary, Edmund and Peter
Price $75.00 ~ Regular $200.00, You Save $125.00 (62%)
- Item # OP140B-5262
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CLIMBS IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES Frank Smythe 1950, 1st US ed Hardcover No DJ VG
By: Smythe, Frank S.
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $24.00, You Save $19.01 (79%)
- Item # OP1741E-514
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE ONLY GENUINE JONES [O.G. Jones] Alex Roddie 2013 Paperback ed New
By: Roddie, Alex
Price $25.00
- Item # BK3429-375
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TWO GENERATIONS 1984 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine 2 Copies Available SIGNED by Edmund Hillary
By: Hillary, Edmund and Peter
Price $75.00 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $75.00 (50%)
- Item # OP140F-4782
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
Sorry, we were unable find any similar items available by this author.


ABOVE THE CLOUDS: DIARIES OF A HIGH ALTITUDE MOUNTAINEER Anatoli Boukreev 2001 1st edition New hardcover Multiple copies available
By: Boukreev, Anatoli.
Price $3.99 ~ Regular $27.95, You Save $23.96 (86%)
- Item # BK184-7894
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BASE CAMP: 40 DAYS ON EVEREST Dianne Whelan 2014 1st ed
By: Whelan, Dianne
Price $24.95
- Item # BK5435
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
WILDEST DREAM: THE BIOGRAPHY OF GEORGE MALLORY Gillman 2000 1st US ed New Hardcover DJ SIGNED by Peter Gillman
By: Gillman, Peter and Leni
Price $39.99 ~ Regular $65.00, You Save $25.01 (38%)
- Item # BK522E-635
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MEAN FEAT: A 3,000 WALK THROUGH PORTUGAL, SPAIN, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND AND ITALY.
By: Waite, John.
Price $20.00
- Item # BK1624
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NO PLACE TO FALL: SUPERALPINISM IN THE HIMALAYA Victor Saunders 1994 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Stephen Venables and Chris Bonington
By: Saunders, Victor
Price $39.99 ~ Regular $125.00, You Save $85.01 (68%)
- Item # BK1364-241
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
EXTREME ALPINISM: CLIMBING LIGHT, FAST, AND HIGH Twight 1999
By: Twight, Mark.
Price $27.95
- Item # BK1584
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY: ITS ART AND TECHNIQUE IN BRITAIN AND ABROAD C. Douglas Milner 1946 2nd prtg Fine
By: Milner, C. Douglas
Price $2.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $17.01 (85%)
- Item # OP2957-349
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
AFRICA'S DOME OF MYSTERY (Comprising the first descriptive history of the Wachagga people of Kilimanjaro, their evangelization, and a girls' pioneer climb to the crater of their 19,000 ft snow shrine) Eva Stuart Watt 1930 1st ed Hardcover No DJ Very
By: Stuart-Watt, Eva
Price $25.00 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $50.00 (67%)
- Item # OP2501-874
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ONE MOUNTAIN AFTER ANOTHER Arthur Groom 1949 various eds DJ or No DJ Near Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Groom, Arthur
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # OP2328-6122
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
INCREDIBLE ASCENTS TO EVEREST: CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL ASCENT Sumati Nagrath 2013 1st edition DJ New
By: Nagrath, Sumati. Foreword by Tom Whittaker
Price $8.99 ~ Regular $32.95, You Save $23.96 (73%)
- Item # BK9415-83194
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart