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Upon That Mountain

The first autobiography of the legendary mountaineer Eric Shipton

Paperback (196pp)
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Upon that Mountain is the first autobiography of the mountaineer and explorer Eric Shipton. In it, he describes all his pre-war climbing, including his Everest bids of the 1930s, and his second Karakoram survey in 1939, when he returned to Snow Lake to complete the mapping of the ranges flanking the Hispar and Choktoi glacier systems around the Ogre.

Crossing great swathes of the Himalaya, the book, like so many of Shipton’s works, is both entertaining and an important addition to the mountain literature genre. It captures an important period in mountaineering history - that just before the Second World War - an ends on an elegiac note as Shipton describes his last evening at the starkly-beautiful snow lake, before he returns to a ‘civilisation’ about to embark on a cataclysmic war.

Eric Shipton (1907-1977) was one of the great mountain explorers of the 20th century, often known for his infamous climbing partnership with H.W. 'Bill' Tilman. He climbed extensively in the Alps in the 1920s, put up new routes on Mount Kenya in 1921, and in 1931, made the first ascent of Kamet with Frank Smythe - the highest peak climbed at that time. Shipton was involved with most of the Everest expeditions in the 1930s, reaching a high point of 28,000 feet in 1933. He went on to lead the 1951 expedition, which was the first to approach Everest from the north (Nepali) side through the Khumbu ice fall, and on which Edmund Hillary first set foot on the mountain.

  • Title: Upon That Mountain
  • Subtitle: The first autobiography of the legendary mountaineer Eric Shipton
  • Author: Eric Shipton
  • Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781912560080
  • Rights: Worldwide
  • Publication date: 1 May 2019
  • Edition: First
  • Size: 234mm x 156mm
  • Extent: 196 pages
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Weight: 300g
  • Retail price: £12.99

Also available as an ebook:

  • Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781910240267
  • Publication Date: 1 October 2015
  • Price: £5.99

Very well written, interesting background information, truly an outstanding adventurer. - Amazon reviewer

Shipton is an excellent writer, gifted with understated but clear, descriptive and often humorous prose. He captures the essence of his own fascination with wild and remote places, and provides his insights into the dynamics of expeditions. - Amazon reviewer

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