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Lure of the Mountains


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By Michael D. Lowes,     With a Foreword by Graham Ratcliffe

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Published by Vertebrate Publishing, 2014, 1st UK Edition, No D/w (none issued), Mint.    Bentley Beetham (1886-1963) was an English mountaineer, ornithologist and photographer who was a member of the ill-fated 1924 British Mount Everest Expedition on which Mallory and Irvine disappeared high on the mountain.  This is the first published biography of Beetham, written by Michael Lowes and with a foreword by mountaineer Graham Ratcliffe, all three of whom attended Barnard Castle School in County Durham.  Beetham took a series of highly regarded photographs of Tibet and Tibetan culture while on the 1924 expedition and, as a rock climber, made many first ascents in the Borrowdale valley, particularly on Shepherds Crag, and wrote the 1953 Fell & Rock Climbing Club guide to Borrowdale.  He also made expeditions to the Tatra Mountains, Chile, the Drakensberg, the Lofoten Islands, Spitsbergen and the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, with which he is probably most associated.

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