On 29 May 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood on the summit of Mount Everest. Sixty years after that first ascent, the publication of this anniversary book celebrates the most majestic mountains, with exclusive access to the outstanding imagery and private archives of George Lowe, a key climber and photographer on that triumphant expedition.
The Conquest of Everest features a trove of original photographs – many hitherto unpublished – and other rare materials from the Lowe collection. Stunning landscapes, candid portraits and action shots illustrate the decisive moments of this historic expedition as never seen before, bringing a unique and personal perspective and a fresh sense of immediacy to this renowned event.
The extraordinary journey is retold from Lowe’s point of view, including his first meeting with Hillary and thier earlier adventures together, as well as the challenges of the ascent itself, both the climbing and the photography, and the effect it had on all their lives. The result is a remarkable visual and intimate testimony that chronicles the story from inside and captures the drama of the expedition and the personalities of those involved.