EVEREST the mountaineering history


EVEREST the mountaineering history
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title EVEREST the mountaineering history
Manufacturer Walt Unsworth
Page By toc
Page Type Mar 4, 2007 / Mar 4, 2007
Object ID 2760
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Full book title:
EVEREST The mountaineering history
Author: Walt Unsworth
Publisher: The Mountaineer/ Baton Wicks Publications
Year: 2000
Language: English,
Size: 23 1/2 x 15 1/2cm, 6 1/2cm thick, 789 pages with BW and colour photos and maps
Binding: Hardcover, dustjacket
ISBN: 1-898573-40-9
Price, availability: at Amazon.com, used book price starting from $20.80

Notes: 3rd edition, simultaneously published in United States by The Mountaineers, Seattle/WA
and in Britain by Baton Wicks Publications, London
1st edition was published 1981., 2nd one in 1989.



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toc - Mar 11, 2007 10:28 pm - Voted 5/5

Reference manual
In his introductory note for the official edition celebrating 50 years of first successful summiting of Mt. Everest, the author George Band made an appology for "adding yet another book to the Everest pile". Indeed, there have been more then 125+ book titled "Everest...something". Walt Unsworth book is not an summiting account. It is more of a reference book; British expeditions described almost into paintful details of the moustache thickness of every participant. That said, Mr. Unsworth himself is British, of course. Perhaps the most interesting and useful part of the book comes after first 567 pages; last 200 pages are various appendices, containing further background notes on early expeditions, followed by Everest height issue explained, name issue explained, expeditions 1921-1988 summary, up-to-date ascents listing, list of fatalities, extensive bibliography, notes and references.
Pros and cons of the book:
Pros; extremly extensive, this is not a book aimed to decorate your bookshelf, it is a reference manual ment to be taken into hands and browsed all over again by anyone involved into any serious research of Mt. Everest history and facts
cons; seems that author had some trouble regarding names. That is especially true regarding Slav names, many Russian, Polish and Yugoslav names are simply typed incorrect.
That apart, Unsworth's book has 30 pages of notes and references
and by this date it is considered by many the ultimate Everest reference book itself.

noahs213 - Jul 3, 2007 10:34 am - Hasn't voted

Learn Alot
It took a while to read this but you will learn everything you need to know about Everest. The Last pages describe the deaths and what they were from. The Expeditions to Everest. Great Book

BSPclimber - Sep 13, 2008 1:25 pm - Voted 5/5

Very informative
An excellent reference book on Everest climbs, the chapters on the British expeditions of the 20's and 30's are especially well done. Recommended.

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