Himalaya: Unsere Expedition 1930 [Himalaya: Our Expedition 1930]: Dyhrenfurth, Günter Oskar
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Himalaya: Unsere Expedition 1930 [Himalaya: Our Expedition 1930]

Author(s): Dyhrenfurth, Günter Oskar

Copyright: 1931, Scherl, Berlin
Specifications: 1st, thick 8vo, pp.380, photo frontis, 119 bw photos, fldg panorama photo, 1 fldg profile, blue cloth
Condition: cloth fine

Account of the large, 11-member, International Himalayan Expedition of 1930, led by Dyhrenfurth, which attempted Kangchenjunga (8586m). Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, was attempted numerous times but was not successfully climbed until 1955. None of the members of the 1930 team had been to the Himalay before, yet they were one of the strongest teams to climb there to date. Ultimately, they were defeated by an avalanche and bad weather, with two members reaching 6400m. Although they failed to reach the summit they did climb nine other peaks, including the first ascent of Jongsong Peak (7462m), setting a record for the highest mountain climbed at the time. This record fell with the ascent of Kamet (7756m) in 1931. The team included Hermann Hoerlin, Marcel Kurz, Erwin Schneider, Frank Smythe, Uli Wieland, and others. Smythe’s account of the expedition was published as ‘The Kangchenjunga Adventure’. There is also an account by Hoerlin’s daughter Bettina in her book ‘Steps of Courage’. In German, no English translation.

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