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The Everest Politics Show: Sorrow and strife on the world's highest mountain [Lingua Inglese]: 0 Copertina flessibile – 5 gennaio 2017
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In April 2014 Mark Horrell went on a mountaineering expedition to Nepal, hoping to climb Lhotse, the fourth-highest mountain in the world, which shares a base camp and climbing route with Mount Everest.
He dreamed of following in the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, by climbing through the infamous ice maze of the Khumbu Icefall, and he yearned to sleep in the grand amphitheatre of Everest Base Camp, surrounded by towering peaks.
He was also intrigued by the media publicity surrounding commercial expeditions to Everest. He wanted to discover for himself whether it had become the circus that everybody described.
But when a devastating avalanche swept across the Khumbu Icefall, he got more than he bargained for. Suddenly he found himself witnessing the greatest natural disaster Everest had ever seen.
And that was just the start. Everest Sherpas came out in protest, issuing a list of demands to the Government of Nepal. What happened next left his team shocked, bewildered and fearing for their safety.
- Editore : Mountain Footsteps Press (5 gennaio 2017)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Copertina flessibile : 173 pagine
- ISBN-10 : 0993413064
- ISBN-13 : 978-0993413063
- Peso articolo : 227 g
- Dimensioni : 13.97 x 1.12 x 21.59 cm
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It is a quick read - just over 150 pages. It is not an elegy in flowery language about the splendour of the mountains. It is a sparsely written account of Mark Horrell's experience as a commercial client of 'the Altitude Junkies' and prospective climber of Lhotse in the month of April 2014. Beginning with the briefing at the ministry in Kathmandu at the start of the month and finishing with his return to London near the end of the month. Needless to say he did not achieve his ultimate objective.
The walk up through the Khumbu region to Everest Basecamp is well covered and during it we get acquainted with his travel companions. By
Friday 18th April he is at Everest Base Camp and setting off with some group members for a first experience of the Khumbu Icefall when they witness the early morning avalanche sweep down through the icefall. During the day they see a helicopter recover bodies and they learn that the disaster has killed 16 sherpas. His account of the aftermath of the avalanche and the enforced retreat from basecamp of all the western climbers is both gripping and saddening; Division between the climbers and some of the sherpas is forced to breaking point. It is a bitter disheartening experience.
I read the book in two sittings. I am not a climber, apart from a few trekking peaks, but have trekked in the Himalayas over 20 times. Though often in Nepal I have avoided Everest Basecamp as a destination but viewed the mountain from other peaks and vantage points nearby. Many of the places he mentions are familiar to me and this authentic account brought back to me what it's like to be there. Nothing in this book makes me want to go to Basecamp but boy does it tug at the heartstrings to draw me back to Nepal, one last time. A gripping account.
The crux of the book of course is the tragedy that occurred and the aftermath, something that has been well documented already in the movie Sherpa which is a fantastic companion to this diary. The shock of seeing such an event is evident in the writing and I read the whole book in a single sitting.
On a lighter note its nice to see a bit of romance sneak in there - about time! :)