154 x 234 x 25mm
"This is the story of how, on 29th May, 1953, two men, both endowed with outstanding stamina and skill, reached the top of Everest and came back unscathed to rejoin their comrades. Yet this will not be the whole story, for the ascent of Everest was not the work of one day, nor even of those few anxious, unforgettable weeks in which we prepared and climbed this summer. It is, in fact, a tale of sustained and tenacious endeavour by many, over a long period of time . . . We of the 1953 Everest Expedition are proud to share the glory with our predecessors.
And this will not be the story of those two men alone. The ascent of Everest, perhaps more than most human ventures, demanded a very high degree of selfless cooperation. It would be difficult to find a more close-knit team than ours. In this, and in the work of our Sherpas, lies the immediate secret of our success.
Was it worth while? For us who took part in the venture, it was so beyond doubt. We have shared a high endeavour; we have witnessed scenes of beauty and grandeur; we have built up lasting comradeship among ourselves and we have seen the fruits of that comradeship ripen into achievement. We shall not forget those moments of great living upon that mountain." - Sir John Hunt
With exceptionally lucid and consecutive narrative, Sir John Hunt tells the epic story of the 1953 ascent of Everest.