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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 ofwas one of the th 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and later cutting steps for his partners up the summit ridge In this touching book, read by Dan Stevens, a trove of unpublished letters from the Lowe collection are brought together for the first time, to describe the day by day moments of this historic expedition as never before As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, frequently 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 unique testimony of a superlative human achievement

11 thoughts on “Letters from Everest: A First-Hand Account from the Epic First Ascent (Audio Download): George Lowe, Huw Lewis-Jones, Dan Stevens, Polarworld: Audible Audiobooks

  1. Stewart Robertson Stewart Robertson says:

    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 20,500 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 quantity , 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 quite 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 25,000 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 equally 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 it.Stewart Robertson

  2. bookaholic bookaholic says:

    Never having been a climber I never realize what they go through until you read this I couldn t put the book down So Sorry that George Lowe died didn t live to see it published.

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  5. Customer Customer says:

    Great history

  6. CW CW says:

    Written in early 50s style english, George gives a remarkable and moving account of his time on Everest Really enjoyed it.

  7. BB BB says:

    Interesting to show the human side of an adventurer The only drawback is that you need background information to get the most of the collection.

  8. MrsDirtyD MrsDirtyD says:

    I bought this book as a gift and it was greatly received I had the pleasure of knowing George and he was a wonderful man.

  9. Angelique Angelique says:

    Excellent letters and well edited,too, without too much foreword and blah blah from the 1953 successful Everest attempt As important as the climb is and was, the consequences should not be forgotten, either George Lowes letters about the media frenzy and the political capital made out of the climb show that some things just dont change George is sad but honest about this, just as he is honest about his trying to get higher up the mountain But what shines through is the meticulous planming, teamwork and good luck that enabled Hillary and Tenzing to summit and that everyone from the low altitide Sherpas to the summit team had a part to play in makimg this happen.

  10. C. Win C. Win says:

    I first came across this in its audiobook form read by Dan Stevens I recommend that highly as well It was so interesting that I got a hardcover copy for my home library This compilation of letters relates the first ascent of Everest from one of the key members of the Expedition, George Lowe An excellent read with vivid details about every aspect of the expedition the ups, the downs, the danger and the triumph of putting men on the the top of the world An excellent book for anyone interested in Everest

  11. Lyn Meachen Lyn Meachen says:

    Really good read Have read lots of books on the first ascent of Everest but this one had some stories I hadn t heard before.