The authoritative first-person account of Hillary and Tenzing's conquest of Mount Everest, 'High Adventure' is a mountaineering classic. But it is also a thrilling and inspiring story of courage and endurance - a story that will captivate a new generation of readers on the 50th anniversary of Hillary's extraordinary achievement.
In 1953, when he was thirty-three years old, Edmund Hillary became the first man to stand at the summit of Mount Everest, the Holy Grail for a generation of mountain climbers who had tried and failed to reach the highest point on earth.
'High Adventure' is Hillary's definitive and wonderfully entertaining memoir of his Himalayan quest, beginning with the 1951 expedition that discovered a possible route up the south slope of Everest, and culminating in the successful expedition of 1953 led by Sir John Hunt.
Hillary's memoir takes us step-by-step up the slopes of Everest, describing vividly and in great detail the agonising climb that he and Tenzing Norgay embarked upon, the perils they faced, and the dramatic final ascent that forever secured them a place of honour in the annals of human exploration.
'High Adventure' is a mountaineering classic, to be sure. But is also a thrilling and inspiring story of courage and endurance-a story that will captivate a new generation of readers on the 50th anniversary of Hillary's extraordinary achievement.
Hillary went on to write other memoirs over the years, but 'High Adventure' - written soon after the event - is his only book to deal almost exclusively with his Everest climbs. It is a mountaineering classic that undeservedly and inexplicably has been out of print for many years, and is ripe for re-discovery by a new generation of readers who, on the 50th anniversary of this historic event, want to experience it through the eyes and words of the man who conquered Everest.