Rising to 8848 metres above sea-level, Mount Everest is the highest mountain on earth. It is considered a holy place by some - it also presents one of mountaineering's greatest and most enduring challenges. The history of climbing Everest, from the earliest expeditions in the 1920s to the daring feats of today, is a chronicle of tragic failures and triumphant achievements, featuring some of the world's most celebrated climbers - George Mallory, Tenzing Norgay, Sir Edmund Hillary. "To the Top" tells their stories and creates a picture of what drives people to brave the dangers of Everest - and what it feels like to stand on top of the world.
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Stephen Venables is one of the most renowned mountain climbers in the world today. In 1988, he was part of an expedition attempting to pioneer a new route to the summit of Everest and was the only member of the team to make it all the way to the top. Trapped at 8,800 metres, without oxygen, exposed to the elements and with no shelter, Venables survived a harrowing night on the mountain - an experience he retells in this book. His climbs have been filmed by National Geographic, and he was one of three expert climbers featured in the IMAX film Shackleton's Ice Adventure. Stephen Venables is also an author of books for adults and has won the prestigious Boardman Tasker Award and the Grand Prize at the Banff Festival for Mountain Literature. This is his first book for Walker.From School Library Journal :
Grade 4 Up-In this brief, beautiful book, Venables celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first successful climb to the summit. Drawing on the Royal Geographic Society's archives, familiar photos are mixed with some haunting, never-before-published images to illustrate the informed and evocative text. Sandwiched between the cliff-hanging introduction and the triumphant final chapter is the author's account of his own harrowing experience as a member of a three-person team to the summit in 1988. From a glance at the geology that formed the Himalayas through the well-integrated details about the changing roles of the Sherpas and the mountaineering industry's impact on the Tibetan/Nepalese cultures, the book recounts a century of intense physical, scientific, and political efforts focused on Everest. In addition, the climbers and the technological improvements that continually drive the sport to new heights are described. End matter includes route maps, a brief glossary, and a note about the RGS. The design sells this book: a blue-tinted endpaper photo of the Everest massif, gorgeous double-page photos, and dark blue pages with white print snowed onto the page will not let readers forget the frigid, blue/black sky or the incredibly vast scale of this rare, essential, high world.
Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA
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Description du livre Walker Books Ltd, 2003. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0744586623
Description du livre Walker Books Ltd, 2003. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0744586623