Everest Calling

The Irish Journey (Hardback)

By Lorna Siggins

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Everest Calling (1994) was an account of the first Irish ascent of Everest in 1993. On 27 May 1993 Dawson Stelfox became the first Irish person to reach the summit following the route used by Mallory and Irvine in 1924. That first success sparked off a fever of adventure. This updated edition recalls that groundbreaking success. It also chronicles many exploits since, including the first Irishwoman to summit on Everest, Clare O’Leary, and Pat Falvey, who climbed it by two different routes. In 2012 Noel Hanna completed his fifth Everest ascent.Other highlights include ascents of Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, K2 and Broad Peak. Mike Barry became the first Irish person to walk to the South Pole while an Irish crew completed the first east–west circumnavigation of the Arctic in a small yacht. Members of the first Everest expedition still climb and Irish adventurers continue to attempt objectives such as the North Pole. In conclusion, the author reflects on the perspectives of the original eight climbers and on how a trend towards individual achievement, twinned with commercialisation of sport in western society, has left its own mark on the Himalaya. 


Bibliographic Data

  • Book Format: Hardback
  • Published: 2013
  • Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
  • Number of pages: 224
  • ISBN: 9781848891630
  • Illustrations note: Full colour,

Editorial Reviews

"Important story to be told [...] must-have on the bookshelf of mountaineers and non-mountaineers alike."

– Irish Mountain Log

"Well-written, easily read, inspiring story."

– The Irish Times

"When the news came through, it changed everything. It gave a huge confidence boost to people at the time. It meant 'Oh, actually we can do these things.' I think it is the greatest Irish adventure ever."

– Lorna Siggins quoted in The Sunday Times

"Riveting read ... with brilliant colour photos."

– Books Ireland

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