Title:Alone to Everest
Cover:Hard Back With Dust Jacket
Remarks:B&W Photographs and Glossary. Fine. Clearsleep dust jacket, dust jacket slightly torn on top. slightly corners bumped and price clipped, black-inked on the price sticker. Slightly sunned and foxing. Otherwise the book is in mint condition.
Size:148 x 220 mm
Earl Denman reveals the details of his illicit 1947 bare-bones attempt on Everest in Alone to Everest. His initial goal was to climb all eight of the Virunga volcanoes in Central Africa, and he decided that if he was successful, he would be ready to make a similar attempt upon the world's highest mountain. He climbs only with native support, and in Africa, he climbs barefoot, wearing only a ragged pair of shorts and shirt. After an unmitigated success on the volcanoes, he heads to India with 150 British pounds in his pocket and some second-rate equipment. He happens upon Karma Paul, who connects him with Tenzing Norgay and Ang Dawa. I really enjoy this depiction of Tenzing, as it shows both his resourcefulness and his own idealized ambitions. They travel through Sikkim legitimately and Tibet illegally, and make it to Rongbuk and well up the East Rongbuk Glacier before running out of resources and realizing that his equipment will not be sufficient to keep him alive in such an extreme environment.