ISBN 9788174369390,High Adventure : Our Ascent of the Everest

High Adventure : Our Ascent of the Everest


Roli Books



Roli Books

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9788174369390

ISBN-10 8174369392


Edition 60th
Number of Pages 272 Pages
Language (English)

Action and Adventure

The authoritative first-person account of Hillary and Tenzing's ascent of Mount Everest, reissued on the 60th anniversary of this landmark 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 (29,035 feet). 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 agonizing 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 it is also a thrilling and inspiring story of courage and endurance - a story that will captivate a new generation of readers on the 60th anniversary of Hillary's extraordinary achievement.

About the author
Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) was born in New Zealand, and served in the New Zealand Air Force in World War II. He was a participant in the 1951 and 1952 Everest expeditions, and on 29 May 1953, he and the Nepalese mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest. After being knighted following the ascent, he achieved many more adventuring 'firsts' in surroundings as varied as the Antarctica and the Ganges. He established the Himalayan Trust, an organization devoted to improving the lives of the Himalayan people, which has built schools, hospitals and infrastructure for the isolated mountain communities. Hillary died of heart failure on 11 January 2008 at the Auckland City Hospital.