Everest 1933

RUTTLEDGE, Hugh. Everest 1933.

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RUTTLEDGE, Hugh. Everest 1933. London, Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 1934.

8vo. Original cloth gilt; pp. xiii, [3], 390; photographic frontispiece in sepia, 58 sepia photographic plates, 3 diagrams in text, 4 maps, including 3 large folding; light wear to cloth; internally a few spots, a very good copy.
First edition. The official account of the fourth expedition to Everest, led by Hugh Ruttledge with a team that included Frank Smythe, Eric Shipton, Wyn Harris, and L.R. Wager. Harris and Wager made a summit attempt from the famous Camp VI, reaching 28,200 feet in attempting to determine whether the northeast ridge was climbable. During this climb they came upon the ice-axe of either Mallory or Irvine, lost nine years before on their fateful climb. Harris and Wager found the 'second step' unclimbable and had to revert to a traverse of the face, when time ran out. On the return to the high camp Wager struggled to the crest of the ridge and became the first man to look down the awesome east face of Everest.
Classics of Mountaineering Literature 33; Neate R99; Yakushi R213a; Perret 3830.