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A Patch of White: Summitting Everest in the Footsteps of a Legendary Expedition Mark Mackenzie

A Patch of White: Summitting Everest in the Footsteps of a Legendary Expedition

Mark Mackenzie

Published September 28th 2008
ISBN : 9780151013180
Hardcover
288 pages
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 About the Book 

On June 8, 1924, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine perished on Mount Everest, leaving behind an enduring mystery: Before they died, did they reach the summit via the mountain’s never-conquered North Face?Long a mountaineering mecca, in the spring ofMoreOn June 8, 1924, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine perished on Mount Everest, leaving behind an enduring mystery: Before they died, did they reach the summit via the mountain’s never-conquered North Face?Long a mountaineering mecca, in the spring of 2007 this daunting ascent drew two legends of the outdoor world: “high-altitude altruist” Conrad Anker, who had found Mallory’s body in 1999, and young British speed-climbing phenom Leo Houlding, preternaturally talented but untested in thin air. With a documentary film crew composed of world-class climbing talent, they attempted to conquer both the mountain and the mystery in the footsteps of their heroes—or in their stead.  A Patch of White tells the story of the historic climb’s latter-day sequel, from encounters with extreme conditions to the clash of outsized personalities. It is also an exploration of the nature of modern adventure and the persistence of the urge to test physical limits in an age of corporate financing, product endorsements, and virtual reality.