Eyewitness: Everest (Eyewitness Books) by Rebecca Stephens

By Rebecca Stephens

That includes an extra-sturdy library binding! here's an unique and intriguing new consultant to the enchanting demanding situations of existence and loss of life at the world's maximum mountain levels. striking, full-color photos of mystery mountain kingdoms and scenes of brave climbers as they overcome the summits current an inspiring "eyewitness" view of the majesty of mountains. See castles one of the clouds, cable automobiles, funiculars, and steep mountain roads, misplaced ruins of the fabled Inca and Aztec civilizations, and dramatic waterfalls and rock formations. learn the way mountains are created, the place to hunt take care of in an avalanche, why the physique of Otzi, the Ice guy, lay undiscovered for hundreds of years, and why the Crusaders perched castles on peaks. detect the reality in the back of yetis and different mountain myths, what fairly occurred on Mallory and Irvine's deadly excursion to Everest, the sacrifice of the ice maidens of the Andes, how climbers take on a sheer rock face, and masses even more.

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Snow conditions bad,” he wrote, meaning success! By June 2, 1953, the whole world had heard the good news – just in time to celebrate the coronation of the new British queen, Elizabeth II. ” EDMUND HILLARY ON REACHING EVEREST’S SUMMIT 45 BACK TO BASE Hillary (left) and Tenzing celebrate their achievement with a cup of tea. When expedition leader John Hunt saw the climbers descending from the mountain, he took their wearied postures to be a sign of failure. Spotting him, the men raised their ice-axes, and pointed toward the summit.

Modern crampons are stamped from lightweight steel and have two front-pointing spikes€that can be dug into steep ice walls. Leather hobnail climbing boot from the 1920s ALPENSTOCK AND ICE-AXE Long, pointed walking sticks called alpenstocks (from the German for “Alp sticks”), and€axes for cutting steps in the ice were vital tools for 19th-century climbers. These were superseded by the ice-axe which served the functions of both. The first ice-axes were made of bamboo or hickory. Leather straps secure the crampon to the boot 48 This geodesic tent is lightweight but offers plenty of space for€two people Snow goggles prevent snowÂ� blindness, a condition where the eyes are “sunburned” by€intense ultraviolet light A helmet gives protection from falling rocks A waterproof jacket made of a breathable fabric keeps off rain and snow DOMED TENT A portable shelter has always been an essential piece of mountaineering equipment.

As a tribute to his work in mapping India, his successor Andrew Waugh proposed naming the world’s highest mountain after him. Everest didn’t like the idea, believing that mountains should be known by their local name. Waugh won the argument, and the name remains. Bentley Beetham Howard Somervell TEAM OF 1924 Under the leadership of Colonel Norton, the 1924 team included a nucleus of climbers who had been to Everest before – Somervell, Bruce, and, on his third Everest expedition, George Mallory.

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