Climbing biography

Everest – The First Ascent: The untold story of Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possible

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Everest - The First Ascent: The untold story of Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possible

On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Tenzing reached the summit of Mount Everest. The achievement brought fame and honours to many of those involved – but not to the man who made it possible, doctor and physiologist Griffith Pugh.

This new book by his daughter Harriet Tuckey sets the record straight, and incidentally provides the most interesting of the recent crop of Everest books.

Everest: The First Ascent won the 2013 Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature and the 2013 Banff Mountain Book Competition Award for Mountain and Wilderness literature.