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Snow in the Kingdom: My Storm Years on Everest
by Ed Webster
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0965319911, Hardcover)Snow in the Kingdom is the Everest autobiography of Ed Webster’s five "Storm Years" on and off of Mount Everest following the climbing death of his girlfriend, Lauren Husted, in Colorado's Black Canyon. A milestone in American mountaineering literature, Snow in the Kingdom will appeal to climbers and "armchair climbers" alike. It’s an adventure story penned in the tradition of the great explorers; a seminal document on modern lightweight, ethical Himalayan climbing; and a deeply personal account of one man’s search for redemption and achievement while pioneering an uncharted route up Everest’s most dangerous side. An astounding 150 pages of vivid color photographs — over 450 photographs in all — add depth and beauty to the compelling narrative. Webster attempted Everest from three sides: the West, North, and East, from both Nepal and Tibet. Webster soloed Everest’s north peak, Changtse, then pioneered a new route up the 12,000-foot precipices of Mount Everest’s Kangshung Face in Tibet, with a 4-man team and NO bottled oxygen, radios, or Sherpa support. Also included are the unpublished 1921 and 1924 Everest photographs of the legendary British pioneers George Mallory and Noel Odell, plus the never-before-told story of Tenzing Norgay’s birthplace and boyhood home in Moyun Village, Tibet — and the astounding assertion that in 1921, Mallory and Tenzing met one another in Tibet.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:35 -0400)
A hefty work plentifully illustrated with color and b&w photos, Webster's account of climbing Mt. Everest may not sing with great prose. But it's loaded with ripping tales of adventure and danger, as well as a more personal subplot concerning his emotional growth. Webster, based in Colorado and a ve
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