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THE HUNT FOR MOUNT EVEREST Craig Storti 2021 1st ed Hardcover New Multiple copies available
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London and Boston, 2021, 1st edition. 301 pp, 22 b/w photos printed on glossy stock that enhances the detail of the photos. New hardcover with a dust jacket. 

The height of Mt. Everest was first measured in 1850, but the closest any westerner got to Everest during the next 71 years, until 1921, was 40 miles. The Hunt for Mt. Everest tells the story of the 71-year quest to find the world's highest mountain. 

It's a tale of high drama, of larger-than-life characters -- George Everest, Andrew Waugh, Cecil Rawling,  Charles Bruce, Guy Bullock, the irascible Arthur Hinks, Charles Howard-Bury, the unpredictable John Noel, Oliver Wheeler, Alexander Wollaston, Francis Younghusband, George Mallory, Lord Curzon, Edward Whymper - and a few quiet heroes: Alexander Kellas, the 13th Dalai Lama, Charles Bell.

This is a story that traverses the Alps, the Himalayas, Nepal and Tibet, the British Empire, especially British India and the Raj, the Anglo-Russian rivalry known as The Great Game, the disastrous First Afghan War, and the phenomenal Survey of India. 

It is far bigger than simply the tallest mountain in the world. Encountering spies, war, political intrigues, and hundreds of mules, camels, bullocks, yaks, and two zebrules, Craig Storti uncovers the fascinating and still largely overlooked saga of all that led up to that moment in late June of 1921 when two English climbers, George Mallory and Guy Bullock, became the first westerners, and almost certainly the first human beings, to set foot on Mount Everest and thereby claimed the last remaining major prize in the history of exploration.

With 2021 bringing the 100th anniversary of that first expedition to reach Mount Everest, most Everest chronicles deal with the climbing history of the mountain.  What happened before 1921 is the hidden story of a few strong willed Englishmen who became obsessed with Mount Everest, and opened the doors necessary for Mallory and crew to do their thing.


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