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T Sixty years after Mount Everest was first climbed this uniue book of letters celebrates in a very personal way this most majestic of mountains With exclusive access to the private archives of pioneering New Zealand climber George Lowe this is a welcome tribute to an unsung hero The ascent of Everest in the summer of 1953 was one of the 20th century’s great triumphs of exploration George Lowe’s efforts on the mountain were crucial to the endeavour He was one of the lead climbers forging the route up Everest’s Lhotse Face without oxygen and later cutting steps for his partners up the summit ridge In this touching book read by Dan Stevens a trove of unpublished letters from the Lowe collection are brought together for the first time to describe the day by day moments of this historic expedition as never before As often as he could George wrote letters home to his family In turn they could then keep their friends updated with news freuently before the local newspapers had full accounts of the climb These rare letters from Everest provide a vivid behind the scenes witness of a climb that would make history In clear and elegant prose this is a uniue testimony of a superlative human achieveme Written in early 50s style english George gives a remarkable and moving account of his time on Everest Really enjoyed it

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Letters from Everest A First Hand Account from the Epic First AscentSixty years after Mount Everest was first climbed this uniue book of letters celebrates in a very personal way this most majestic of mountains With exclusive access to the private archives of pioneering New Zealand climber George Lowe this is a welcome tribute to an unsung hero The ascent of Everest in the summer of 1953 was one of the 20th century’s great triumphs of exploration George Lowe’s efforts on the mountain were crucial to the endeavour He was one of the lead climbers forging the route up Everest’s Lhotse Face without oxygen and later cutting steps for his partners up the summit ridge In this touching book read by Dan Stevens a trove of unpublished letters from the Lowe collection are brought together for the first time to describe the day by day moments of this historic expedition as never before As often as he could George wrote letters home to his family In turn they could then keep their friends updated with news freuently before the local newspapers had full accounts of the climb These rare letters from Everest provide a vivid behind the scenes witness of a climb that would make history In clear and elegant prose this is a uniue testimony of a superlative human achievement The significant word in the title is `from' George Lowe's letters to his sister Betty in New Zealand have all the immediacy and vivacity of first hand experience Imagine this as an excuse for a blot on the page `This isn't a line I've just had to have the ink bottle thawed over the primus to fill my pen' George was 20500 feet up Or imagine spreading honey on `vita wheat `biscuits' George was breakfasting at 25 800 feet on the South Col of Everest Ironically George being on the South Col was unplanned In mid May he reckoned `his' Everest was over He was `an expendable uantity' exhausted after he'd cut a route up the Lhotse Face without oxygen to prepare the way for the assault parties Then circumstances changed George was at the South Col to greet Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on their return from the summit It was George who first heard of the expedition's success As Hillary put it `Well George we knocked the bastard off'To read these letters is to be reminded of the importance of team work meticulous planning and flexibility to meet an evolving situation George Lowe tells it all `verbatim' as he explains to his mother on one occasion writing in the most wonderfully paired down prose This doesn't preclude the figurative which when it comes so dramatically arrests the reader Here for example is George illustrating the instability of the Khumbu Glacier the reference is to a previously unsuccessful Swiss expedition `The continuity of their route is uite gone here and there on an inaccessible block with 40 foot walls all around is a Swiss flag like a surrealist's dream of a golf course' Or here is what it is like to spend the first of four nights than 25000 feet up on the side of the highest mountain in the world `That night for everyone was pure misery The wind slammed over the Col and worried the tents whining roaring and snapping incessantly It became the curse of the Col sapping our tempers and eating indelibly into our memories We will never forget the South Col We spent there the most miserable days and nights of our lives'There is so much that is `right' about this collection of George Lowe's letters The Foreword Introduction and Afterward are inspiring The photographs showing men and the mightily majestic Everest are in evocatively grainy black and white The maps to which the captivated reader will continually refer are as clear as the ones in my primary school atlas Not that this `Letters from Everest' is a collection nostalgic of the beginning of the `new' Elizabethan age One of its two epigrams is from TE Lawrence `All men dream but not eually Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible' `Letters from Everest' transcends the 1950s and Everest It's a timeless account of having a go acting on one's dream and achieving itStewart Robertson