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4.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 5 4.06 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Conrad Anker, David Roberts Narrator: Jeffrey DeMunn, Michael McGlone Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On June 8, 1924, George Leigh Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine were last seen climbing toward the summit of Mount Everest. Clouds soon closed around them, and they vanished into history. Ever since, mountaineers have wondered whether they reached the summit.

On May 1, 1999, Conrad Anker, one of the world's strongest mountaineers, discovered Mallory's body lying facedown, frozen into the scree and naturally mummified at 27,000 feet on Everest's North Face. The condition of the body, as well as the artifacts found with Mallory, are important clues in determining his fate. Seventeen days later, Anker free-climbed the Second Step, a 90-foot sheer cliff that is the single hardest obstacle on the north ridge. The first expedition known to have conquered the Second Step, a Chinese team in 1975, had tied a ladder to the cliff, leaving unanswered the question of whether Mallory could have climbed it in 1924. Anker's climb was the first test since Mallory's of the cliff's true difficulty. In treacherous conditions, Anker led teammate Dave Hahn from the Second Step to the summit.

Reflecting on the climb, Anker explains why he thinks Mallory and Irvine failed to make the summit, but at the same time he expresses his awe at Mallory's achievement with the primitive equipment of the time. Stunningly handsome and charismatic, Mallory charmed everyone who met him during his lifetime and continues to fascinate mountaineers today.

The Lost Explorer is the remarkable story of this extraordinarily talented man and of the equally talented modern climber who spearheaded a discovery that may ultimately help solve the mystery of Mallory's disappearance. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An utterly riveting, enjoyable read.” 

    Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air

  • “Jeffrey Demunn, reading David Roberts’s account of the expedition, and Michael McGlone, offering Conrad Anker’s first-person experience, deliver fine performances.” 

    Audiofile

  • “A story of vast ambition and extraordinary drive.” 

    Seattle Times

  • “Ranks with the best mountaineering literature.” 

    New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 6/5/2011

    " Conrad is a local author, but of some reknown. He is well read in our area, especially amounst the outdoors group. Terry and I heard him speak once in Groveland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 2/15/2011

    " The saga of my obsession with George Mallory and the British expeditions of the 20s continues.....this was really good, switching between historical discussion of the 1924 expedition and first-hand account of a modern expedition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pancha | 8/26/2010

    " Includes history on the 1924 Everest expedition and a first hand account of the 1999 discovery of Mallory's body. Lots of mountaineering insight and educated speculation as to what happened to Mallory and Irvine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 11/18/2008

    " I love high mountains, exploring, adventure travel. The question of Mallory reaching the summit of Everest will remain unanswered. The real story is that he dared to try in a time before all the technology that exists for mountaineers today. "

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