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Everest The First Ascent to the Roof of the World On the morning of June the day of Queen Elizabeth s coronation the first news broke that Everest had finally been conquered Drawing on first hand interviews and unprecedented access to archiv

  • Title: Everest 1953: The First Ascent to the Roof of the World
  • Author: Mick Conefrey
  • ISBN: 9781851689460
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Everest 1953: The First Ascent to the Roof of the World By Mick Conefrey, On the morning of 2 June 1953, the day of Queen Elizabeth s coronation, the first news broke that Everest had finally been conquered Drawing on first hand interviews and unprecedented access to archives, this is a ground breaking new account of that extraordinary first ascent Revealing that what has gone down in history as a supremely well planned expedition was actuallyOn the morning of 2 June 1953, the day of Queen Elizabeth s coronation, the first news broke that Everest had finally been conquered Drawing on first hand interviews and unprecedented access to archives, this is a ground breaking new account of that extraordinary first ascent Revealing that what has gone down in history as a supremely well planned expedition was actually beset by crisis and controversy, Everest 1953 recounts a bygone age of self sacrifice and heroism, using letters and personal diaries to reveal the immense stress and heartache the climbers often hid from their fellow team members Charting how the ascent affected the original team in subsequent years and detailing its immense cultural impact today, Everest 1953 is the perfect book to commemorate this remarkable feat of the human will.

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    1. I wanted to read this book because I had read Wade Davis epic Into The Silence earlier this year and wanted to understand why it had taken almost 50 years from Mallory and Irvine s near miss or possibly not to Hillary and Tenzing s triumph in 1953 That question is answered in the first couple of chapters and what follows is a very clear and well organised account of the 1953 expedition and its immediate precursors The author manages the difficult task of building tension as move towards a climax [...]

    2. This book was on the new book shelf at the library and looked interesting I have no desire to climb Mount Everest or to go snow camping ice climbing.ever this is still a good read I was most interested in the social dynamics of the groups and attempts at summiting, and the ways in which the leader made decisions and the results of those actions There is a bit of this included in the book a few pages , and the key insight I personally am taking away is that sometimes a leader has to be of a dict [...]

    3. This is a well researched and comprehensive account of the planning and execution of the successful assault on Everest in 1952 It is an interesting and frank insight into the politics of the Everest Committee not everyone emerges creditably The contentious choice of a leader is well documented the mechanics of the climb are explained in moderate and sufficient detail and the book concludes with an analysis of the aftermath The latter is easy to forget, but as set out by the author the months fol [...]

    4. Amazingly, this is the first book since 1953 about the successful 1953 Everest expedition British led, it put two distinctly different men a beekeeper from New Zealand and a former yak herder, born in Tibet and raised in Nepal at the summit of the world s highest mountain.But this is about much than climbing Weaving together themes of empire and post colonialism, hopes fulfilled and dreams dashed, personal and political misunderstandings and, most importantly, the sometimes extraordinary power [...]

    5. Not my typical novel read but have an interest in ice cold, mountains and mountaineering Listened to on audible have a feeling might have actually struggled to read the physical novel Did find it slightly boring and had to eventually listen to on double speed Despite that I would still attempt to read or listen to other accounts along the same lines.

    6. A wonderful read but with a few continuity errors in the section dealing with the South Col I still really enjoyed it though Would have been a 4 but I d give it a 3.5.

    7. Everest 1953 recounts the story of the first ascent of the world s highest peak The account relates the extreme and often dangerous conditions the climbers had to face to reach the summit, and the inspiring courage and leadership that was required of them to overcome these challenges.The narrative is riveting and maintains a good pace throughout It is of particular interest to those who are unacquainted with the story of 1953 expedition as I was though I m sure it s also valuable to those who al [...]

    8. Drawing deeply from archive material, this is a modern history of the first ascent of Everest History has painted this as a British expedition, yet this book reveals that is far from the truth, with much learning from the previous years Swiss attempt, from the New Zealand contingent Hilary included and from the Sherpas Cover age by the press at the time, and from the Himalayan committee, attempted to paint the expedition as a purely British exercise, but it definitely wasn t John Hunt was a man [...]

    9. I ve read a large number of books about mountaineering over the years, and, needless to say, a number of them were about Everest The story of the ascent of Everest in 1953 by Ed Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, supported by a large British and Sherpa team, is well known and has always seemed pretty pat for God and country, rah rah For this book Conefrey did a huge amount of research, found old government papers and expedition diaries, and interviewed people who had been on or associated with the expe [...]

    10. Wow There are no words to describe this breathtaking inspirational account of the first team to summit Everest But, Mick Conefrey has not only portrayed the spirit of conquest, but has written an in depth account of the extensive planning that went into such an expedition The leadership and organization of Colonel John Hunt, the sacking of Eric Shipton, the media circus all serve as a backdrop to the final conquest on the slopes of Earth s highest mountain Hillary and Tenzing, and all who made t [...]

    11. Like most people I knew that Hilary and Tenzing were the first to climb Everest however this book is brilliant in providing greater context From how Eric Shipton climbing ability and reputation as Mr Everest Through the happenstance that Hilary and George Low were also climbing in the Himalayas in 1951 and were invited into the exploratory trip on whether Everest could be climbed from the South.How in 1953 Eric Shipton was replaced with John Hunt, whose detailed planning and and force of will en [...]

    12. Excellent book It is hard to believe that something we know as well as the 1953 Everest expedition can still have details not published before and a sense of excitement but Mick Conefrey manages to provide those things Even though I knew that Hillary and Tenzing reached the summit the book still had elements of tension that left me almost breathless Recommended reading and not just for mountaineering types Purchased at a bookshop in Kathmandu, Nepal

    13. Absolutely inspiring I am amazed and the mental and physical stamina and determination that went into climbing Mt Everest The story behind the event was also interested and I particularly liked how it demonstrated the need for every person that was on the team I think we have a tendency to reward those people who reach the peak without realizing all of the team that got them to that point.

    14. I have known very little about the first climb of Everest beyond the name of Edmund Hillary who I knew arrived to the summit with a sherpa and that was it I have read a few books about Everest including Into thin air and got curious thinking how would people have made the climb with the equipment they had than sixty years ago when it is that complicated, and in some cases fatal, with all the technology today.Mick Conefrey answers all the questions in a very good level of detail while keeping hi [...]

    15. Everest 1953 is a fascinating look at the history behind the first ascent of Everest Starting with a brief look at the earlier expeditions and the geopolitics behind why they always started in Tibet and why that had to change when the Chinese took over the country It then looks at two expeditions from the Nepal side, in 1951 and 1952 The 1951 expedition was quite successful, the 1952 one was not Cue lots of internal politics as the team is set up for the 1953 attempt Once that was all sorted and [...]

    16. A fairly comprehensive overview of the 1953 expedition that first climbed Everest The book first covers the Shipton led expedition that helped pave the way and the mishandling of the appointment of the new leader for 1953 The successful achievement does not form the climax of the book, instead there is the mess of national prestige and press coverage which nobody was prepared for.I read this book soon after the wonderful Into the Silence which covers the 1924 expedition That book spent much long [...]

    17. I listened to this book rather than read it I really enjoyed this chronological telling of the ascent of Everest which starts with the 1951 expedition I found the description of the climbing, the hazards and the drama were good and not too technical My only issue was that I didn t feel I knew the characters well There are a few personal touches such as mentions of school or letters from home, but a times it just became a list of names of the climbing teams and it didn t matter which of them reac [...]

    18. Edmund Hillary has always been a bit of a hero to me along with other greats such as Shackleton, Scott, Gagarin and Armstrong to name a few I was therefore delighted to pick up Everest, 1953 to read the story of the first ascent to the top of the world s highest peak Conefrey s able telling of the story fills out the details of a magnificent team effort, generally passed over in the idolisation of Hillary and Tenzing He gives extensive background to the attempt and follows through to the after e [...]

    19. What an interesting book I knew very little about the first successful ascent of the highest mountain in the world prior to reading this book This book closed all of the gaps for me in my missing understanding

    20. I received this book as part of a giveaway This was a very well written book about the first successful summit climb on Mt Everest I am not a climber, have no desire to climb but was still fascinated by this story The author gave a great background of the expeditions that occurred prior to the 1953 climb and focuses on the work that happened before that helped this expedition succeed Another huge emphasis was that this was a team effort Regardless of whose foot touch the summit first the whole o [...]

    21. Not as thematically ambitious or as wonderfully written as Wade Davis s Into the Silence a chronicle of the abortive British expeditions to Everest in the early 1920 s , but still a sound and engaging account of the first successful ascent of Everest Very good on the complicated relationship between the Sherpas and the British, and plenty of excitement and interest to be had in his account of the final climb Seriously let down, in my opinion, by a complete lack of adequate maps and a somewhat pa [...]

    22. Though I have no plans to climb Everest myself, I have always been intrigued by those people that take on this challenge The details of how the expedition was planned, the people involved and the various challenges the team faced was very well laid out The only thing that I did not like was the way in which the book flowed I am not one for flashback or books that bounce back and forth which I found this book did Still a good read and if you have an interest in Everest, it is a must read but I wo [...]

    23. An immersive thrill ride, taking you from the first reconnaissance in 1951 to that incredible feat on the summit Not only that, but you experience the troubles, controversies, politics, moments of humour and joy, supported by real quotes from diary extracts I particularly loved the focus on the aftermath it doesn t just end at the summit Everything about this expedition was fascinating, and it s sad that the whole affair is at the back of British memories A brilliant read.

    24. I received this as a giveaway Thank you This is really the first book I ve read on mountaineering, but it has peaked my interest I didn t know so much could go wrong, all of the trials with the oxygen sets, physical problems, boots freezing and food freezing It gave me a new respect for the climbers It was written clearly, without jargon, and interspersed throughout were quotes from the mens separate books and diaries.

    25. This isn t the kind of book I usually read, having said that I really enjoyed it I ve always been fascinated by Everest but I ve never read any literature on the subject before In this informative 300 page book Conefrey chronicles the first summit of Everest by the British team in 1953 It includes the planning, the earlier scouting expedition in 1951, the summit itself and it s legacy Surprisingly interesting and a worthwhile read for any armchair explorer.

    26. Ever since going on my own mountain hikes, only to peaks around 6,000 ft I have been fascinated with all things hiking, climbing, and knowing about the highest peaks in the world This book was very well written and had a great flow throughout I could almost feel myself gasping for breath at times along with the mountaineers This was just such a fantastic feat and being able to read about it in such a step by step way was great.

    27. Engrossing and well written In addition to a detailed account of the actual climbing, you get a fascinating look into the politics of the climbing world of the time, the international politics, a little bit but not enough on the shadows of colonialism around the project inequitable treatment of Sherpas plus how the press covered the great cause and the crazy monopoly The Times managed to maintain on expeditions Great read.

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