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Four Against Everest


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By Woodrow Wilson Sayre,   With an Introduction by Eric Shipton

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Published by Arthur Barker Ltd, London, 1964, 1st UK Edition, D/w (incomplete as piece missing at front, plus 3 cm tear at top of front), Book Nr. Fine.   The story of the unauthorised attempt by Sayre and three friends to climb Everest by the North Col route, without porters, without oxygen and in Alpine style in 1962.  The team was also relatively inexperienced, consisting of four amateur mountaineers, Sayre (a college professor), Hans Peter Duttle (a school teacher), Norman Hansen (a lawyer) and Roger Hart (a student).  They made a secret dash through Tibet to reach the North Face, crossing some of the toughest terrain in the world, including twenty five miles of untracked glaciers at an average altitude of 20,000 feet, carrying supplies for forty days, before even starting on the climb.  It is a remarkable story as they reached 25,400 feet before having to retreat, with all four members surviving the attempt and difficult retreat.

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