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This is an auction for EVEREST 1933 by Hugh Ruttledge.

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"The 1933 British Mount Everest expedition was the fourth to Mount Everest and the third with the intention of making the first ascent. Like the previous expeditions, the 1933 expedition was unsuccessful, although in two separate attempts Lawrence Wager and Percy Wyn-Harris, and then F. S. Smythe, set an altitude record for climbing without supplemental oxygen that was not broken until 1978. During Wager and Wyn-Harris's attempt, the ice-axe belonging to Andrew Irvine, who disappeared with Mallory on the 1924 attempt while going for the summit, was found on the flanks of the north face... The investigation into the expedition's failure set up by the Mount Everest Committee organisation and leadership ruled that Ruttledge, whom they greatly liked and respected, was not an assertive leader. In his review of Everest 1933, G. L. Corbett commended the book with the words, "There are passages as fine as anything in Alpine literature." When analysing the expedition's overall lack of success, he stated that although "there has never been an attempt on a mountain more carefully prepared, more methodically directed", three things were responsible for the failure to reach Mount Everest's summit. First, the disagreements over the siting of Camp V and the resulting descent to Camp IV led to the loss of an unusually good climbing window between 20 and 22 May. As Raymond Greene later said, "It may be that we lost not two days but twenty years"..."

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Hardback 1934.

390 pages + 56 photographs, diagrams and maps.

The spine is in poor condition. Otherwise, good condition.

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