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The Third Pole

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The Third Pole by Mark Synnott
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Apr 13, 2021 | ISBN 9780593343753 | 759 Minutes

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“Almost seventy years after my father Tenzing Norgay Sherpa climbed the summit of Chomolungma with the British 1953 Expedition, Western narratives about Mount Everest continue to be haunted by the question whether it was Mallory and Irvine who had been the first to stand on the summit. Mark Synnott’s The Third Pole pursues this mystery and brings us closer to closing this chapter of mountaineering history. I learned a lot from this book.”  
—Norbu Tenzing Norgay

“A good guide and travelling companion… Synnott knows how to keep readers turning the pages, and they will speed their way to his mystery’s resolution. But any Everest story today has an unavoidable dark side…”
The New York Times

“As in his previous book, the author’s writing comes alive when he recounts life on the mountain…this is a must-read for outdoor enthusiasts and readers of Everest and exploration history.”
Library Journal, starred review

“[A] hair-raising mountaineering story… A fine tale of adventure and exploration sure to please any fan of climbing and Everest lore.”
Kirkus, starred review

“Synnott weaves back and forth between the early climbing pioneers’ experiences and his 2019 expedition, harrowing in its own right. A gifted storyteller, he proves firsthand the irresistible lure and perilous dangers of climbing Mount Everest.”
Booklist

“The Third Pole is an elegy of extremes, a white-knuckle tale of obsession and survival. From the archives of London’s Royal Geographical Society to a tent battered by howling winds on the edge of the Death Zone, Mark Synnott puts it all on the line in his quest to solve Mount Everest’s most enduring mystery.”
Susan Casey, author of national bestsellers The Wave and Voices in the Ocean
 
“A hundred-year-old detective story with a new twist. A high-altitude adventure. The best Everest book I’ve read since Into Thin Air. Synnott’s climbing skills take you places few will ever dare to tread, but it’s his writing that will keep you turning pages well past bedtime.”
Mark Adams, author of Tip of the Iceberg and Turn Right at Machu Picchu
 
“Join Mark Synnott on a quest for an artifact that could change Everest mountaineering history. Part detective story, part high adventure, Synnott engages obsessed historians, dodges Chinese bureaucrats, and ultimately risks his life high on the mountain’s north face. As the tension rises, he discovers astounding strengths in his fellow climbers, tragic frailty, and an ineffable truth he never imagined.”
Andy Hall, author of Denali’s Howl

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