Everest: High Expectations
Pat Morrow & Sharon Wood
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This richly illustrated adventure book tells the gripping story of two Canadian climbing expeditions that captured the attention of the mountaineering world in 1982 and 1986 — written by two climbers who reached Everest’s summit in distinctly different ways.
Combining a powerful yet intimately told story with 150 colour photos, maps, archival video and audio recordings, “Everest: High Expectations” sets a new standard for illustrated ebooks as it chronicles both Canadian expeditions’ quest to put a new route up the world’s highest peak.
In 1982, a team of Canada’s best climbers confidently trekked to Everest through Nepal’s post monsoon rains. Within a month, four people were dead and half the climbers had returned home. The much-diminished team salvaged the expedition by putting six climbers on the summit via the traditional South Col route but its mission was incomplete.
Four years later, a second team returned to make mountaineering history. Not only did the 1986 Canadian Everest Light Expedition establish a new route on Everest without Sherpa support, but it also put the first North American woman on top. Despite several subsequent attempts, that route (via Tibet) has never been repeated.
This book, co-written by international adventure photojournalist Pat Morrow and alpine guide Sharon Wood, provides a fascinating insiders’ look at an era when climbing with style was more important than “peak bagging” and Everest was only approached after a long mountain-climbing apprenticeship.
“High Expectations” delivers classic high-altitude drama — a near miss in a massive avalanche, speedy alpine-style ascents from the South Col to summit, a risky nighttime descent of the Hornbein Couloir, a fiery gas explosion in a tent and weeks battling jet stream winds in an atmosphere starved of oxygen.
Both authors make candid observations on how their lives were affected by the Everest experience and offer frank assessments of the change in attitude today toward Everest and climbing standards.
This multimedia Everest book marks the 30th anniversary of Morrow’s summit. It is truly a classic.
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You can almost feel yourself up on the mountains and in the cold with Pat. A wonderful photographer, I read the story in one sitting, a great iBook. An amazing story from a real mountaineer.
Breathless on Everest
Double-bonus: Everest from both the Tibet and Nepal sides, on two amazing Everest expeditions, with two renowned Canadian climbers, Pat Morrow and Sharon Wood. But this is more than just a book recounting groundbreaking summit bids: afterword sections take on controversies that embroil the mountaineering world--like the abandonment of climbing by fair means, and the commercialized circus that Everest climbing has become today. It's a highly inspirational read: featuring a slew of splendid photos from Pat Morrow, this book takes full advantage of the innovative iBooks Author format to deliver a stunning tome that puts you right on the spot, breathless on Everest.
--Michael Buckley, author of Eccentric Explorers
Everest: High Expectations
A well told tale-pure gold with no dross-photos stir the soul to soar.
Ron Dart ( author: Mountaineering and the Humanities & Thomas Merton and the Beats of the North Cascades)