The Lost Explorer by Conrad Anker audiobook

The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mount Everest

By Conrad Anker and David Roberts
Read by Jeffrey DeMunn and Michael McGlone

Simon & Schuster Audio
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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.

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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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

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Author Bio: Conrad Anker

Author Bio: Conrad Anker

Conrad Anker is a professional mountaineer who has made breakthrough first ascents throughout the world, from the Himalayas to Antarctica and Patagonia. He is a member of the North Face climbing team and also works closely with Timex Expedition as brand ambassador. In 1999, he was a key member of the search team that located the remains of legendary British climber George Mallory on Mount Everest, and he was first to spot Mallorys body. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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Author Bio: David Roberts

Author Bio: David Roberts

David Roberts is the author of over twenty-five previous books on topics ranging from mountain climbing to adventure to Native Americans and the American West. He has written for numerous publications, including the Atlantic, Smithsonian, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and others. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 4.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English