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The Wildest Dream By Mark Mackenzie

The Wildest Dream
by Mark Mackenzie

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Was George Mallory the first man to reach the summit of Everest? Conrad Anker and Leo Houlding embark on a death-defying expedition to find out
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The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest by Mark Mackenzie

In 1924, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine disappeared into the clouds encircling the peak of Everest. Whether they were the first men to reach the top of the Earth's highest mountain remains a mystery. They never returned from their ill-fated expedition. Seventy-five years later, the then-unknown mountaineer Conrad Anker made an extraordinary discovery. He spotted 'a patch of white' standing out against the rock; it was Mallory's frozen body. Mallory's treacherous route on Everest's northern slopes remains one of the most demanding challenges in mountaineering. So, is it possible that Mallory and Irvine - exhausted, confused and oxygen-starved - could have made the ascent all those years ago without artificial aid? Last year, Anker returned to Everest to find out. His partner was Leo Houlding, a freakishly talented young British climber with an appetite for death-defying ascents but untested at extreme altitude. Houlding, the lightning-fast, wild child of climbing, stands poles apart from Anker, a soft-spoken altruist and environmentalist. Kitted out in replica clothing and with a film crew recording their every move, they set off to solve Everest's oldest mystery. What they found was a story which explores the very nature of modern adventure. Against a backdrop of conflicting personal goals, commercial pressures, and a thirst for answers, they pushed themselves to the limit. Haunted by the memory of Mallory and Irvine, they were all too conscious that here, in the most dangerous place on the planet, they risked their lives with every step.

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The Wildest Dream Reviews


'Faced with a plethora of material, Mark McKenzie rose to the challenge triumphantly, marrying impeccable research to a sensitive feel for the extraordinary range of emotions experienced by those who challenge this extraordinary range. If the film is half as good, Oscars beckon' Independent 'Good solid stuff ... [MacKenzie] has done a terrific job in conveying the misery, danger and exhilaration of life on the world's tallest mountain ... a superb yarn of high adventure' BBC Focus Magazine 'Faced with a plethora of material, Mark MacKenzie rose to the challenge triumphantly, marrying impeccable research to a sensitive feel for the extraordinary range of emotions experienced by those who challenge this extraordinary range. If the film is half as good, Oscars beckon' Independent on Sunday 'Impressive book ... MacKenzie deals with the issue deftly' TLS

About Mark Mackenzie


Mark MacKenzie studied journalism at the London College of Printing. In the UK, his work has appeared in The Times and the Guardian and he is a former feature writer for the Independent on Sunday. He lives in London with his wife and two children. This is his first book.

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GOR003329163
The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest by Mark Mackenzie
Mark Mackenzie
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Hodder & Stoughton General Division
2007-01-01
256
0719521238
9780719521232
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.