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I really liked this book A continuation of my interest 1924 Everest climb This book is about the man who s body has not been found Sandy Irvine A wealth of information from a different perspective Decent biography of the other guy who died on Everest with George Because it s there Mallory Summers is a descendant which makes it a bit intimate and familial a good thing in terms of access to private papers and personal effects but a moderating point of view about a oung man who lived an extraordinary life in a very short time Highlights of his life1 renowned oarsman winner of the Cambridge Oxford Boat Race2 accomplished engineer and inve fascinating story but the big disappointment for me is that the author references story but the big disappointment for me is that the author references photographs taken during the expedition that were not reproduced in the book Excellent biography of the less well known partner of the fated 1924 Everest attempt made especially interesting because the author is his great niece and had access to much family information Meet the man Sandy Irvine Famous for disappearing in 1924 with George Mallory on Everest The mystery behind whether they made it to the top still dazzles those who seek to speculate what if Written by a direct family member of the Irvine family the biography has a family touch which makes it delightful and full of love Definitely recommended for mountaineering literature Though this book at times dwells in minutiae the chapter devoted to Sandy Irvine s college rowing accomplishments I have to applaud the author s devotion and obvious love for her deceased uncle It is a challenge to write a biography of a man who died before he had had much time to truly live even if he may have been the first man along with Mallory to summit Everest I would not read this book for entertainment s sake but it is an instructive and balanced account of a persistent
Did Irvine and Mallory make it to the top in 1924 Will the Kodak camera they up ever be retrieved This book isn t intended to answer those uestions but ou will experience the humanity and indomitable spirit of these two climbers in a deeply personal way I started to read this right "After Finishing The Wildest "finishing The Wildest The Biography of George Mallory which means that after the sophisticated style of the Mallory biography and the generally romantic philosophical and very complex layers of George Mallory s personality it took me a little while to get into both Julie Summers simpler style her endless repetitions of I sense from this diary entry had me picturing her as Professor Trelawney as well as Sandy Irvine s own infinitely practical and down to earth character It didn t take too long though before I was drawn in by the wealth of information the author Irvine s great niece had unearthed about him the lengths to which she d gone to assemble as complete an account as she could and the completely disarming force of charm of the man himself emerging from every letter and every account of anyone who d ever met him even just reading about him ou Includes never before published letters and photographs Written by an Irvine family member Mallory and Irvine These two names have been inextricably joined since the two climbers disappeared on Mount Everest than 75 Laurus years ago Could they have been the first to reach the summit of the world's highest mountains some 30ears earlier than Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Mallory's story has been wel.
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Worry To Slow Despair At Realising Thatto slow despair at realising that s not going to happen and that there s nothing he can do to help GaaaaahThe book also reinforced something I ve noticed in pretty much all publications on the subject something I ve found particularly interesting ever since reading Ghosts of Everest The Search for Mallory Irvine Most of the conclusions that it would have been various degrees of unlikely for the two of them to have reached the summit under the circumstances tend to be either based on outdated or out of context evidence or come from people experts or otherwise who either applied exclusively modern standards of climbing to an expedition of a different era to which such modern standards simply don t apply or in a puzzling number of cases from people who initially felt differently with reasonable certainty but later on began to doubt andor change their minds in the face of. L chronicled but Irvine has always been overshadowed by his famous climbing partner and little has been written about him Who was he Why was he invited by the British Everest Committee to join the 1924 expedition despite his limited mountaineering experience And why did Mallory 16 ears his senior select Irvine as his partner for the final assault on the summit Julie Summers great niece of Sandy.
Free download Fearless on Everest The uest for Sandy IrvineThe established doubts of others historical or contemporary Odell being a prime example himself I find it especially telling that pretty much everyone who actually knew Mallory or Irvine first hand especially people who lived with or climbed with them seems to have shared a very matter of fact certainty that neither of them would have turned back that being who they were the last team to go up on literally the last day it could be done and being strong and able and well euipped and utterly determined they simply would not have gone back had even gone on record saying they were very well aware it might be a one trip deal So much of the MalloryIrvine research of trying to puzzle out what happened to them seems to focus on evidence only and dismiss the fact that their personalities matter that that s evidence as well Humanity could never have accomplished half the things it did if it wasn t for a long string of beautifully mad people who decided to do the impossibleAnyway Bit of a slow read to start with but very much worth it by the end Fearless on Everest is a biography of Sandy Irvine George Mallory s partner on the ill fated Everest summit attempt of 1924 written by Irvine s great niece Julie Summers Sandy Irvine was a 22 ear old Oxford undergraduate when he lost his life on Everest While was a 22 ear old Oxford undergraduate when he lost his life on Everest While has been written about the 1924 expedition Irvine s role is overshadowed by that of the older and far famous Mallory who was the dominating force of Everest exploration in the 1920s In the endless controversy over what really happened to Mallory and Irvine some theories give the impression that a clueless Irvine was plucked out of his Oxford rowboat and sent up to Everest with no mountaineering skills of any kind or idea of the risks he was taking Irvine is sometimes seen as an inexperienced climber who may have caused an accident leading to his own and Mallory s deaths or alternatively as almost a hapless victim of Mallory s ambition being led on a climb he was not ready forThis biography gives much insight into Irvine s background and motivations with interesting details from family recollections and papers discovered by the family in 2000 He certainly did not have the mountaineering experience of his older companions on the expedition but he was a talented athlete and his background from an expedition to the Arctic Circle in 1923 as well as some rock climbing and Alpine experience made him not such a bizarre choice for the expedition as previously represented He was also mechanically gifted and made significant improvements to the oxygen apparatus as well as other euipment used on the
Expedition While Irvine SWhile Irvine s to reach the summit of Everest may not have uite matched Mallory s near obsession he was highly motivated maneuvering from the very beginning of the expedition to be considered for the summit team While much has been written about the 1924 Everest expedition there is little specifically about Sandy Irvine and this biography does an excellent job of filling in those gaps. Irvine has been fascinated since childhood by the story of Uncle Sandy In May 2000 Julie made an astonishing discovery a long forgotten and unopened trunk containing Irvine's letters and photographs from Everest Drawing on these and other material Julie writes a revealing story of a fearless oung adventurer whose life and death linked him with one of the greatest mountaineering legends of all ti.