The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest

The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest

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"If you're only going to read one Everest book this decade, make it The Third Pole... a riveting adventure."--Outside

Shivering, exhausted, gasping for oxygen, beyond doubt . . .

A hundred-year mystery lured veteran climber Mark Synnott into an unlikely expedition up Mount Everest during the spring 2019 season that came to be known as "the Year Everest Broke." What he found was a gripping human story of impassioned characters from around the globe and a mountain that will consume your soul--and your life--if you let it.

The mystery? On June 8, 1924, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine set out to stand on the roof of the world, where no one had stood before. They were last seen eight hundred feet shy of Everest's summit still "going strong" for the top. Could they have succeeded decades before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay? Irvine is believed to have carried a Kodak camera with him to record their attempt, but it, along with his body, had never been found. Did the frozen film in that camera have a photograph of Mallory and Irvine on the summit before they disappeared into the clouds, never to be seen again? Kodak says the film might still be viable. . . .

Mark Synnott made his own ascent up the infamous North Face along with his friend Renan Ozturk, a filmmaker using drones higher than any had previously flown. Readers witness first-hand how Synnott's quest led him from oxygen-deprivation training to archives and museums in England, to Kathmandu, the Tibetan high plateau, and up the North Face into a massive storm. The infamous traffic jams of climbers at the very summit immediately resulted in tragic deaths. Sherpas revolted. Chinese officials turned on Synnott's team. An Indian woman miraculously crawled her way to frostbitten survival. Synnott himself went off the safety rope--one slip and no one would have been able to save him--committed to solving the mystery.

Eleven climbers died on Everest that season, all of them mesmerized by an irresistible magic. The Third Pole is a rapidly accelerating ride to the limitless joy and horror of human obsession.

Title:The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest
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    The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest Reviews

  • Dax

    This book doesn't quite know what it wants to be. Initially the author seems to want to bill it as a quest to solve the Mallory/Irvine summit mystery, but that quickly falls by the wayside once the cl...

  • Holli

    I did not expect to love this one so much but I actually stayed up late and woke up early to keep reading. This book feels like a perfect update/companion to Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" with its mo...

  • Christine

    The Day that Broke Everest is something you have undoubtedly seen a picture of ÔÇô you know that photo of the line for the Summit. See, you know it. Synnott was there. He summitted the next day. This...

  • Barb in Maryland

    I finished this several days ago and cannot get it out of my mind. I found the history parts of the story to be fascinating and the modern parts to be very thought-provoking.Read the blurb--it is exce...

  • William Lowe

    Mark Synnott's The Third Pole will transport you to Mount Everest during the 2019 climbing season as he searches for the remains of Sandy Irvine that may help prove the British summited Everest in the...

  • Payel Kundu

    This book was kind of a flop for me for a couple of reasons. I typically like mountaineering adventure books, my favorite one is Buried in the Sky. But unlike that book, this book contributed very lit...

  • Leah

    The Third Pole is an absolutely captivating story of mystery, intrigue, and danger that offers a fresh perspective on one of the 20th century's biggest obsessions. There has been a lot of high-quality...

  • Tammy Bulcao

    Fascinating!­čĺťWhile this isnÔÇÖt my preferred genre it certainly opened my eyes to some historical events surrounding Mt. Everest. I tend to get a little lost when a story contains a lot of facts, d...

  • Allison Thurman

    I have a weird fascination with Everest. I've never wanted to climb it myself. I have a visceral fear of heights, cold, and suffocating to death. I often find individual climber's obsessions with summ...

  • Cindy H.

    Absolutely RIVETING ­čÖî­čĆ╗­čÄž My heart was pounding the final 1 1/2 hours of this audio. Because this expedition was so recent(2019) and there were two quests, I was completely absorbed in both Mar...