The Ascent of Everest
The Ascent of Everest

HUNT, John. The Ascent of Everest.

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HUNT, John. The Ascent of Everest. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1953.

8vo. Original cloth with dust-wrapper (not price-clipped); pp. xx, 299, [1], highly illustrated in black-and-white and colour; very light dulling and marginal wear to wrappers; otherwise very good.
First edition, signed both Mike Westmacott and Dr Griffith Pugh (both scientists) on front fly-leaf. An account of the greatest mountaineering achievement not only of the 20th century by the leader of the expedition. Good copies of this title are getting rarer now, especially signed ones. - The book was signed during the lecture on the Everest Expedition by the two mountaineers at Harpenden Hall in 1953 (admission ticket pasted above signatures). 'Both Westmacott and Pugh had key roles in the success of the expedition. Mike was an experienced mountaineer who had tackled some particularly fine routes in the Alps. At various points on the climb he showed how to negotiate formidable obstacles, such as “Mike’s Horror” … Griffith Pugh’s role was to study the effects of high altitude on the fitness and capability of the climbers, and to advise on diet, equipment and acclimatization. The challenges of oxygen shortage, intense cold and high winds, were little known about at the time, and the experience of previous expeditions showed the need for careful preparation and adherence to the required regime. He later accompanied Hillary and Fuchs in the Trans-Antarctica expedition in 1957. He died in Harpenden in 1994 at the age of 85' (Harpenden and District Local History Society, online).
Neate H135; Yakushi 470a; Perret 2304; S & B H31; Classics in the Literature of Mountaineering 39.