Sixty years after the first ascent by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, this anniversary book celebrates the most majestic of mountains, with exclusive access to the outstanding imagery and private archives of George Lowe, a key climber and photographer on that expedition.
The Conquest of Everest features many unpublished photographs � and other rare materials from the Lowe collection � stunning landscapes, candid portraits and action shots of this historic expedition, bringing a fresh immediacy to the event.
An impressive team of experts provide their own reflections and experiences of Everest, and write in tribute to an unsung hero, with contributions from the late Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Chris Bonington, Kenton Cool, Peter Hillary, Tom Hornbein, Reinhold Messner, Colin Monteath, Jan Morris, Norbu Tenzing Norgay, Doug Scott and Stephen Venables.
The allure of Everest remains undimmed, as many people still strive to reach its summit. For all those who wonder what that must be like, and for mountaineers, climbers, outdoor enthusiasts and armchair adventurers, this book conveys the joy and the challenge of this incomparable mountain.
George Lowe is an explorer, mountaineer, photographer and filmmaker. He was a leading high-altitude climber on the 1953 British Everest Expedition, and as well as taking photographs and filming throughout the expedition, he directed the Oscar-nominated documentary The Conquest of Everest. He was the founder and first Chairman of the Himalayan Trust in Britain.
Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian of exploration. Formerly a Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, and the National Maritime Museum, London, he is now an award-winning author whose books include Arctic, Ocean Portraits, In Search of the South Pole and Mountain Heroes, which won Adventure Book of the Year at the World ITB Awards in Germany.