ISBN 9781846043499,Everest - The First Ascent

Everest - The First Ascent


Ebury Publishing



Ebury Publishing

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9781846043499

ISBN-10 1846043492


Number of Pages 432 Pages
Language (English)

Biography & autobiography

Marking the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest in May 1953, Everest The First Ascent tells the story of the doctor and physiologist Griffith Pugh, without whom the successful conquest of Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay would not have been possible.

Recruited as an advisor in 1952, Pugh battled for fifteen months in the face of opposition, suspicion and ridicule to revolutionise almost every aspect of British high- altitude mountaineering, transforming the approach to oxygen, clothing, boots, tents, air beds, fitness, hygiene, health-care, diet and acclimatisation. The results were a stunning success and opened the door to the golden age of Himalayan climbing. Pughs techniques are still in use today, yet he has never enjoyed popular credit for his work.

Written by Pughs daughter, Harriet Tuckey, Everest The First Ascent also charts the personal story of her own, and her mothers, relationship with this fiercely independent, troubled, abrasive and eccentric man, as she seeks to uncover the achievements of his controversial career.

About the Author
Harriet Tuckey is the daughter of Griffith Pugh. She has a first class honours degree in literature, and an MA in the sociology of literature from the University of Essex, and worked for the Fabian Research Institute, the Department of Education and the Department of Employment in various research capacities. She lives in London.