Letters from Everest by George Lowe
‘Book of the Month: George Lowe provides a fascinating first-hand insight into one of the triumph’s of human exploration ... If you picked up this book 20 times you would still get a kick out of the reading. Splendid. Wonderful stuff.' - Geographical Magazine, June 2013
‘...a poignant, funny, beautifully written glimpse into that fabled expedition.’ - The Financial Times
'A satisfying, beautifully-presented collection. These missives have a breathless immediacy to them that really pulls the reader into the here-and-now of the expedition.’ - The Scotsman
'A most handsome, welcome edition.' - The Times
'Superbly produced, inspiring.' - Country Life
Sixty years after Mount Everest was first climbed, this unique 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 twentieth 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In this touching book, a trove of unpublished letters from the Lowe collection are brought together for the first time, to describe the day-by-day moments of this historic expedition as never before.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, frequently before the local newspapers had full accounts of the climb.
These rare letters from Everest now allow us to travel back in time to join Lowe and his companions every step of the way: a vivid, behind-the-scenes witness of a climb that would make history. In clear and elegant prose, this is a unique testimony of a superlative human achievement.
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