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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

I'm not dragging MY fat butt up there...

but I love to read about climbing expeditions on Mt. Everest. I don't know why, I guess I have the heart of an adventurer in a romantic sense, but not in a cardiac sense!

I just finished Ghosts of Everest: The Search for Mallory & Irvine by Jochen Hemmleb, Larry A. Johnson, Eric R. Simonson, William E. Nothdurft. It's the story of the 1999 expedition to try to find any clues as to whether George Mallory and Sandy Irvine actually reached the summit in 1924 before dying on the mountain.

It's actually a pretty neat mystery. While there are various clues that suggest they may well have summitted, there's just no conclusive proof. If they did, they beat out the next summit team (Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay) by nearly 30 years, and with some pretty sorry equipment to boot.

While the 1999 expedition didn't find any proof that they were successful in reaching the summit, they did find George Mallory's body, and the book treats us to some interesting photos. Not that looking at corpses is a fun thing, but you could tell a lot about his last minutes by looking at his position. Also, they are able to make compelling arguments of how he spent the day based on what he carried and what he didn't.

This book is really worth a read.

sounds interesting, but not really my kind of read. You'll have to give me the full book report... just kidding.
I heard about this, and the questions about whether they reached the top. It's one of those things that can never be found out.
I am amazed about how mountain climbers are able to do what they do. The cold alone would wipe me out in half a day... or less, not to mention the kind of shape one has to be in to make a climb like that. I would imagine the sleeping arrangements aren't that comfy either, and as far as I know, there's no fast food places on the way up.
My fat butt won't be going there either, but I can still be awed by those who drag their skinny hind ends to the summit, or die trying to.
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