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The Second Death of George Mallory

The Enigma and Spirit of Mount Everest

Reinhold Messner; Translated by Tim Carruthers

St. Martin's Press

As a boy, climbing legend Reinhold Messner was inspired by another legend: George Mallory's tragic final ascent of Mount Everest in 1924. To Messner, and to thousands of others, Mallory’s attempt--whether or not it succeeded--remains the greatest exploit in the annals of mountain climbing. Though Mallory's body was finally found, we have lost, Messner believes, the spirit that guided him; summiting Everest has become merely a corporate challenge and a matter of technology, not a rendezvous with destiny.

Using the British climber's journals and letters, Messner thrillingly re-creates Mallory's three assaults on Everest, including his final ascent. Here is both an investigation into the death of George Mallory and a deeply felt homage--to a mountain, to the spirit of an age, and to the man who inspired those who followed in his footsteps. 

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CHAPTER ONETHE MAN, THE MOUNTAIN, THE MYTHGeorge L. Mallory as a young manI can well picture Mallory, even in that thin air that barely keeps the fires of energy aglow, responding to the challenge of the Second Step. Were there ever so many voices urging a man to accept that challenge? This is the last chance of carrying out what you came these thousands of miles to do. Once above this step, the way is open to the final pyramid. Few places are more likely to drive a man to the extreme limit of what he can climb than a difficult step upon what is regarded as an easy mountain. Mallory’s balance
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Praise for The Second Death of George Mallory

“[A] passionate telling of man’s quest for the summit.”—Rocky Mountain News

“Like a detective, Reinhold Messner studies all angles of Mallory’s final climb in 1924 and comes up with conclusions that honor the subject, and both move and enlighten the reader.”—Paul Pritchard, author of The Totem Pole: And a Whole New Adventure and two-time winner of the Boardman Tasker Award

“[A] compelling book that conveys the dangers, frustrations and exhilaration of high-altitude mountaineering . . . Messner expertly leads readers on a thrilling expedition into a freezing, treacherous world.”—Tampa Tribune

“This tribute will resonate most strongly with veteran climbers, but even armchair enthusiasts will be gripped by Messner's seductive and uplifting narrative.”—Publishers Weekly

“An utterly engrossing portrait of a climber and a spirit no longer with us.” —Booklist

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Reinhold Messner; Translated by Tim Carruthers

  • Reinhold Messner is known as one of history’s greatest Himalayan mountaineers. He was the first person to climb all fourteen of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks, many of them solo. Climber, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, Messner has published more than thirty books. His most recent is My Quest for the Yeti.
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The Second Death of George Mallory

The Enigma and Spirit of Mount Everest

Reinhold Messner; Translated by Tim Carruthers

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