Sir Edmund Hillary and the People of Everest - Cynthia Russ RamsayKansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is lightly pulled at the head of the upper panel. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank alongside a date. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;
From the cover: “At 11:30 A. M. on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay congratulated themselves with a handshake and then a hearty embrace. At 29,035 feet above sea level, they were standing on top of the world. They were the first men to summit Mount Everest.
The story of their perilous ascent — including even Hillary’s final exhortation to himself, “Ed, my boy, this is Everest; you’ve got to push it a bit harder!” — is vividly recounted here, in both words and photographs. But unlike other accounts, Sir Edmund Hillary & The People of Everest takes the conquest of the mountain as the beginning of the story, not its culmination.
For the thirty-three-year-old Hillary, climbing Mount Everest was indeed the beginning — the beginning of a lifelong relationship with the indigenous people whose courage, skill, and generosity of spirit made Himalayan exploration possible: the Sherpas.
Using intimate photographs and personal interviews, photographer Anne B. Keiser and writer Cynthia Russ Ramsay first re-create the Sherpa world as it was before the “trekkers” arrived — a tough, hand-fashioned existence under the ice-covered roof of the world, isolated from the technological advances that the twentieth century had brought to the West.
Once he came to know these generous and kindly people — and to acknowledge the huge debt he and other Himalayan explorers owed them — Hillary took on the delicate job of improving their lives without destroying their culture. Using a strictly grassroots approach, “doing only what the Sherpas wanted us to do”, Hillary brought them schools and hospitals. Ultimately, through the work of disciples like Mingma Norbu Sherpa, director of the Himalayan Division of the World Wildlife Fund, Hillary has helped the Sherpas find a way to preserve their fragile world without being subjugated to it. For Keiser and Ramsay, this Edmund Hillary — battling almost single-handedly on behalf of his beloved Sherpas — is the hero of Everest.”