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This is an auction for HIGH IN THE THIN COLD AIR: THE STORY OF THE HIMALAYAN SCIENTIFIC AND MOUNTAINEERING EXPEDITION 1960-61, by Sir Edmund Hillary & Desmond Doig.

From 'The Himalayan Journal':

"In spite of an immense amount of publicity which may have suggested it was a 'Yeti Expedition', the main objective of this party was physiological research. Its basis was a nine months' study of the human body at altitude, involving a team of doctors with vast amounts of physiological equipment, keeping to a pro­gramme of tests designed to answer many long-standing questions on human reactions. Related to these tests was a meteorological study. The quest for the elusive yeti was introduced partly by the request of the sponsors, 'World Book Encyclopaedia', and partly to provide a programme for the non-building group while they were acclimatizing, waiting for the construction of the huts, which are the bases for the experimental work. To give the mountaineers a suitable incentive for their labour as guinea-pigs a mountaineering programme was introduced, culminating in an attempt on Makalu. Such a climb would give further material to the physiologists, in the form of comparisons between those climbers with two and those with eight months of acclimatization. The first party to leave Kathmandu headed for the Rolwaling on September 13, 1960, under the leadership of Hillary..."

More here:

https://www.himalayanclub.org/hj/22/17/himalayan-scientific
-and-mountaineering-expedition-1960-61-2/

Hardback 1963.

287 pages + 88 photographs.

Good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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