Fifty years after the first ascent of Everest, the heroism and determination of the climbers who pioneered the route still captures the imagination of people around the world. In an age before commercialism and adventure tourism made ascents of Everest commonplace, the courage and sense of adventure shown by an earlier generation of mountaineers remains an inspiration. Drawing on in-depth interviews with key family members, friends, and climbing partners, this volume throws new light on Tenzing Norgay's childhood and early years as a young climbing porter and how he overcame huge odds to reach the top of the world. The role of Tenzing Norgay in the success of the 1953 expedition wasn't just confined to standing atop the summit. He was at the center of the expedition's organization too, making sure that his team of Sherpas delivered enough loads to high camps on the mountain. Despite his fame and popularity, there is still a great deal to learn about the life of Tenzing Norgay, about his origins, his childhood, and how he managed to become one of the best climbing Sherpas of his era. Only the full story of his life shows the true scale of his achievement and the problems and difficulties behind his bright smile. His story is intertwined with the story of the people he worked alongside, a unique and unrepeatable story in the history of exploration. Part ethnography, part biography, and full of the excitement of early Himalayan climbing, Tenzing: Hero of Everest tells the story of mountaineering's most famous day, 29 May, 1953: Perhaps Tenzing's greatest gift to the story was the human face he put on their success. He took the keepsakes his daughter had given him, the little red-and-blue pencil and some small offerings of biscuits and candy for the deity Miyolangsangma, and scraped away a hollow in the snow in which to place them. He posed for Hillary's camera, holding aloft his ice axe with the flags he had carried with him of the United Nations, Britain, Nepal, and India but these grander messages seem lost in comparison to his thoughts of his family and his god. "All I can say is that on Everest," he wrote, "I was not thinking about politics."
U.K.-based writer, editor and mountaineer Douglas has written what his publisher is touting as "the first full biography of Tenzing Norgay," the Sherpa leader who accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953 on their pioneering 29,028-foot climb to the top of Mt. Everest. Douglas follows in the snow-covered path of last year's books by Tenzing's son, Jamling Tenzing Norgay (Touching My Father's Soul) and grandson Tashi Tenzing (Tenzing Norgay and the Sherpas of Everest). An illiterate yak herder, Tibetan-born Tenzing grew up in the shadow of Chomolungma (the Sherpa name for Everest), and in 1935 was chosen for his first expedition, although "he couldn't yet speak a word of English and had to gesture that he had no certificate from the Himalayan Club." When he reached the summit in 1953 he became "a role model for ordinary people, someone of humble birth who had made headlines around the world." Douglas weaves numerous Everest adventurers into this tapestry of Tenzing's life, and the author's extensive mountain-climbing experience gives the book an authoritative solidity. He enumerates tragic deaths, compares contradictory passages in various written accounts and examines cultural misunderstandings, commenting on political issues triggered by Tenzing's triumph. He also covers Tenzing's later years, which were darkened by drinking and depression. This is an honest, inspiring look at one of history's great adventurers. Map and photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descrizione libro National Geographic, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria mon0000168741
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Descrizione libro National Geographic, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0792269837
Descrizione libro National Geographic, Washington, 2003. New. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine+++. 1st Ed 1st Printing. 299p. Famous colour photographs+ b/wThe first person to reach summit of Everest with Edmund Hillary. Fine mint unopened. red cloth spine beige boards see also Sir John Hunt: The Ascent of Everest. Size: Large 8vo. Hardback. Codice libro della libreria 000281
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Descrizione libro Natl Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., 2003. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First Edition. DJ has book friendly removable protective cover. 881.5BX72N11.2PAP610G Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 000881
Descrizione libro National Geographic, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110792269837
Descrizione libro Natl Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., 2003. Quarter Cloth. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First Edition. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2003. First Edition, stated first printing. 8vo. Quarter cloth, 304 pp. It's an unforgettable image capturing a unique moment in human endeavor: Tenzing Norgay planting his foot on the summit of Everest, as Edmund Hillary presses the shutter. The first ascent of Everest was dazzling for both men, but for Tenzing, the climb was the culmination of a much more difficult journey. The Himalaya was a region where aristocrats and monks ruled a society untouched by time, a place where a man of Tenzing's humble birth had little hope of advancement. Enduring years of poverty and loss as he traveled the length of the range, Tenzing was determined to escape his origins and, by the end of his life, was worshipped as a god. As this biography tells Tenzing's story -- of optimism, opportunity, and determination, winning recognition as one of the strongest porters traveling in support of early Himalayan climbing expeditions -- it chronicles the transition of the Himalayan region from its age-old isolation to a place in a modern, post-colonial world. New in new dustjacket. Codice libro della libreria 011386
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