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The Everest Years

The challenge of the world's highest mountain

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Sir Chris Bonington is a household name as a result of his distinguished mountaineering career during which he has lead pioneering expeditions to the summits of some of the most stunning mountains in the world. The Everest Years shares the story of his relationship with the highest and most sought-after peak on the planet, Everest, and his ultimate fulfilment upon finally summiting in 1985 at age fifty.

Bonington chronicles four expeditions to the Himalaya and Everest, including the 1975 South-West Face expedition on which he was leader and on which Doug Scott and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to summit the mountain. Bonington also recounts expeditions to K2 and The Ogre (Baintha Brakk) in the Karakoram, and Kongur, in China, describing passionately each attempt: the logistics, glory, and tragedy, seeking to explain his perpetual fascination with the highest points on earth, despite repeatedly enduring the trauma of losing friends, and often placing huge responsibility upon anxious loved ones left at home.

The Everest Years reveals Bonington’s love and appreciation for his ever-supportive wife Wendy, the loyal Sherpas, the companions sharing his mountain memories including Doug Scott, Dougal Haston, Peter Boardman, Joe Tasker and Mo Anthoine, and of course the glorious peaks of the Himalaya and Karakoram mountain ranges. Following I Chose to Climb and The Next Horizon, this final instalment of Bonington’s autobiography will take you through a huge spectrum of brutally honest emotions and majestic landscapes.

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Born in 1934, Chris Bonington – mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer – started climbing at the age of sixteen in 1951. It has been his passion ever since. He made the first British ascent of the North Face of the Eiger and led the expedition that made the first ascent of the South Face of Annapurna, the biggest and most difficult climb in the Himalaya at the time. He went on to lead the expedition that made the first ascent of the South-West Face of Everest in 1975 and then reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985 with a Norwegian expedition. He has written seventeen books, fronted numerous television programmes and has lectured to the public and corporate audiences all over the world. He received a knighthood in 1996 for services to mountaineering, was president of the Council for National Parks for eight years, and is the non-executive chairman of Berghaus and a chancellor of Lancaster University.

  • Title: The Everest Years
  • Subtitle: The challenge of the world's highest mountain
  • Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-911342-47-2
  • Rights: Worldwide
  • Publication: 15 May 2017
  • Edition: First
  • Author: Chris Bonington
  • Classification: Climbing and mountaineering (WSZG); Autobiography: sport (BGSA); Extreme Sports (WSE); Himalayas (1FKAH); Nepal (1FKN)
  • Size: 234mm x 156mm
  • Extent: 230 pages, black and white text with black and white images
  • Cover: Paperpack 
  • Retail price: £9.99

Also available as an ebook:

  • Imprint: Vertebrate Digital
  • ISBN: 978-1-911342-46-5
  • Publication Date: 28 March 2017
  • Price: £3.99

His ability to convey situations in such a way that are both heartful and visceral will transport you to the Ogre, Everest, Antarctica and many more. Which makes this a must read! - Mansel Kersey, The Snow Leopard Award

The Everest Years is the distillation of the mountaineering life of a person dedicated to what he loved most with exemplary passion and morality. - Amazon reviewer 



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