Title:South Col: One Man's Adventure on the Ascent of Everest, 1933
Publisher:William Heinemann Ltd.
Remarks:B&W and Colour Photographs and Illustrations, Maps and Index. Fine. No dust jacket, blue cloth covered boards soiled and faded. Some foxing, although mostly limited to the endpapers. The pages are sunned and foxed. Apart from these, the book can be taken as new.
Size:142 x 220 mm
It is Noyce’s deeply personal approach that transports the reader to climbers as they huddle together in a precariously pitched tent on the Lhotse Face. It is Noyce who captures the intense cold, the shrieking winds, the savage beauty of the icefall, the bottomless crevasses and the towering peaks. He was always a sensitive and poetic recorder of the mountain scene.
It is Noyce's attention to detail, mood and impression, and his masterful characterisation of all the members of the party that makes this a unique and intimate account of the expedition and a valuable insight into human nature in extreme conditions. The book also contains nine poems Noyce wrote on the expedition at various altitudes up to 24000 feet.
Noyce had no axe to grind. He was a friend of Sir John Hunt. Not involved in the final summit ascent he can write objectively about it and without the cloud of modesty that Hillary and Tensing brought to it and show it for the tremendous achievement that it was.