Everest

  • Pub date: May 2013
  • ISBN-13: 9781781450444
  • Author: Ammonite Press, Produced in conjunction with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG); Foreword by Jan Morris CBE
  • Price: US $59.95
  • Binding: HB with jacket
  • No. of pages: 288
  • Photos: Over 400 photographs
  • Dimensions: 310 x 260mm
  • Color : Full color throughout

Everest

Foreword by Jan Morris, CBE

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest on 29th May, 1953, by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, Ammonite Press, in association with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), presents a lavish photographic record of this historic event. Approximately 400 unique photographs, hand-picked by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s own Collections staff, along with descriptive captions, transport the reader from base camp to the snow-clad slopes and ridges of Mount Everest, and to the peak itself.

The Earth's highest mountain, with a peak 8,848m (29,029ft) above sea level, located in the Himalayas between Nepal and China, has long been a lure for mountaineers and explorers. The dangers of altitude sickness, adverse weather conditions and ferocious winds make the peak tantalisingly difficult to attain. The ninth British expedition, led by John Hunt, made two attempts in 1953. The first climbing pair came to within 100m (300ft) of the summit on 26th May, but were forced to turn back after experiencing oxygen problems. Two days later New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepali Sherpa, made a second assault, reaching the summit at 11:30am on 29th May via the South Col Route.

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s extensive archives contain an astonishingly detailed and intimate record of the unsuccessful expeditions in the 1920s and 1930s, and the landmark 1953 expedition, with many fascinating and beautiful images captured by the photographers who accompanied the climbing teams.

Case studies provide real-life examples of night-time photography:

  • Approximately 400 unique photographs, hand-picked by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s own Collections staff, and along with descriptive captions, transport the reader from base camp to the snow-clad slopes and ridges of Mount Everest, and to the peak itself.
  • Everest contains the largest assemblage of images ever published together in a book solely about the 1953 Mount Everest Expedition, and represents the most complete catalogue of images ever produced on the subject in the English language.
  • Included are galleries of more than 150 images of the expeditions in the 1920s, 1930s and the successful 1953 expedition that are not included elsewhere in the book.
  • Ammonite Press is proud to be the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s choice for its official publication on the expedition in 2013, marking the 60th anniversary of the climb.
  • It is the first time that the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) has worked in association with a publisher to produce a photographic art book on the subject.
  • Publication was timed to coincide with a major exhibition on Mount Everest by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) that ran at the gallery@oxo London, from 23rd May to 9th June
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