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ORIENT EXPRESS TO CRYSTAL SUMMIT {Everest Winter 1987-1988] Shin Seung Mo 1991 1st ed Paperback Fine
By Shin Seung Mo
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Korea, 1991, 1st edition. 304 pp, 109 photos, most in color, maps, drawings, diagrams, appendices, glossary, index. In English. Large softcover (only edition). Fine.  

Nice book on the Korean 1987 Winter Everest ascent. The summit was reached in winter, December 22, by Heo Young-Ho and Sherpa Ang Rita. This was Ang Rita's 4th Everest climb.

Shin's Korean expedition took good notes on the two previous successful Japanese winter expeditions, and they go fast and hard early in the winter season, heading up the Icefall Dec. 1 and packing up at Base Camp on Christmas Eve after their successful summit, an all-seasons record at that time. Theirs is a small expedition, with four members eventually climbing (two of their six never effectively acclimatize) and four high-altitude porters, including their sirdar, Ang Rita.
 
The summit party, Huh Young Ho and Ang Rita spend four days continuously at the South Col and above, (Ang Rita without supplemental oxygen) and only make it to the top on their third attempt to climb the Southeast Ridge, making it once as high as the South Summit before turning back. The summit pair even makes a forced bivouac near the Balcony on the Southeast Ridge without incident or mortification. If this group was composed of western climbers, the expedition would undoubtedly be a major story in the annals of Everest.
 
The author of this book was a good customer of ours when we started out in NYC in the 1980s.  
 
Large book; extra postage will be requested for Priority Mail or International Mail.

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