The Struggle for Everest: Finch, George Ingle (George W. Rodway, ed.)
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The Struggle for Everest

Author(s): Finch, George Ingle (George W. Rodway, ed.)

Copyright: 2008, UK
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.232, 70 bw photos, 11 drawings, 2 maps, red cloth
Condition: signed George Rodway, dj & cloth new

The first English translation of Finch’s ‘Der Kampf um den Everest’. Finch was a key member of the 1922 British Mount Everest Expedition, a mountaineering endeavor which resulted in the world’s first climbing foray above 8000m, and President of the Alpine Club from 1959-61. His approach to mountaineering was practical and systematic, and he was a pioneering advocate of supplementary oxygen use for climbing at extreme altitude. During the expedition, Finch and Geoffrey Bruce managed to attain an altitude (aided by supplementary oxygen) greater than any previous mountaineer had ever achieved. Finch’s ‘Der Kampf um den Everest’ was published in Germany in 1925, but never published in English (in its entirety) until now. In addition, select entries from the diary Finch kept during the 1922 Everest expedition have been added at appropriate locations in the text to support and/or enhance the story. Moreover, recently written material about Finch - and new material written just for this volume by George Rodway, John West MD, and Stephen Venables – offers an introduction to, and attempts to provide context for, his life and times. This is an important addition to the early Everest literature and a great compliment to the official expedition book by Charles Bruce, as well as those by expedition members Tom Longstaff, John Morris, John Noel, and T. Howard Somervell. This is one of only 523 copies.

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