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KANGCHENJUNGA ADVENTURE Frank Smythe 1930 1st UK ed Hardcover Near Fine 2 copies available
By Smythe, Frank
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London, 1930, 1st edition. 464 pp, 48 b/w plates. Green cloth Hardcover with no dust jacket. Spine is faded and slightly worn, and end papers have darkened somewhat. Near Fine condition. 

An account of the 1930 international expedition, with Swiss, Germans, British and an Austrian that made a serious Kanchenjunga attempt. Leader was G.O. Dyhrenfurth. A personal account of the attempt, in 1930, to climb Kangchenjunga and the successful ascent of the Jonsong Peak, 24,344 feet, and other great peaks of the Eastern Himalayas, by a party of mountaineers from four nations - Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Great Britain, under the leadership of Professor G. Dyhrenfurth.

Smythe was at the forefront of early Alpine and Himalayan mountaineering - adding two major routes on Mont Blanc and being a key player on Kangchenjunga (1930) and Everest (1933, 1936 and 1938). On Everest, in 1933, he reached 28,100ft without using supplementary oxygen, his strong bid stopped by poor snow conditions and the lack of a partner. Smythe was the climber who came closest to success prior to Hillary and Tensing and their peers (all using supplementary oxygen) and it was not until Messner's 1982 solo ascent that his performance, in physiological terms, was bettered. After the successful Kamet expedition in 1931 he returned to this superb Garhwal region in 1937 to make a series of important first ascents in lightweight style.


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