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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Everest 1924: original expedition images

Documenting outdoor experiences has never been so easy: click a button and you've shared that picture of you reaching the top of The Dawn Wall (or Idwal Slabs) with your global online following. But how did climbers capture and share their experiences before the age of Instagram, GoPro and selfie sticks?
These original sketches and photgraphs from the third British expedition to Everest, paint a vivid picture of life in the Himalaya and were the team members' means of recording their mountain encounters. Along with the original expedition text, photographs and letters, they are published for the first time in our new edition of The Fight for Everest 1924: Mallory, Irvine and the quest for Everest.

Everest from Chogorong, high above the Rongbuk valley.

Hazard, Noel and Geoff Bruce, sketched by Norton probably early in the expedition.

Porters at Base Camp loaded with supplies for the higher camps.

The North Face of Everest from Pang La, about thirty-five miles away. Watercolour by Norton. 

Chomulhari on the Tibet/Bhutan border, photographed from near Phari with yak transport in the foreground.
First published in 1925, and reissued now for only the second time, The Fight for Everest 1924 is the official record of the third expedition to Everest. This new edition contains previously unpublished materials including original planning documents from the expedition, Mallory’s last note to Norton, and a moving letter to Norton from Mallory’s widow. Click HERE for more about the book.
All images © Vertebrate Publishing.
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