June 5, 1997 |
Everest seems to have poisoned many lives. --From the book "Into Thin Air" * At this moment, the airline has lost his luggage. The climactic slide for tonight's public slide show was left in Texas. He is at the end of a grueling, 32-city book tour, and this is his last interview. The real turmoil, though, has been longer in the making. And Jon Krakauer still hasn't had time for proper reflection on the indelible changes in his life after a single disastrous encounter with Mt. Everest.
August 8, 2010 |
After discovering the frozen remains of British explorer George Mallory on Mt. Everest in 1999, mountaineer and author Conrad Anker, 47, returned to the world's tallest mountain in 2007 with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Anthony Geffen to retrace the steps of Mallory, the first adventurer believed to have reached the summit, in 1924. "The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest," their National Geographic Entertainment film narrated by Liam Neeson, opened in theaters this weekend. Other than "because it's there" — George Mallory's famous answer to the question of what motivated him — why do people risk their lives to climb Everest?
June 18, 1989
Mt. Everest has been climbed in a day from base camp. It has been climbed from Nepal with the help of Sherpas. It has been climbed from China with the assistance of yaks. It has been climbed solo, and without oxygen. It has been climbed in the spring and the fall, from the North Col and the South Col. It now has been climbed by American women. It has been climbed so many times that Sir Edmund Hillary, who made the first ascent of the 29,028-foot peak with the Tenzing Norgay in 1953 has called Everest "a junk heap overloaded with a multitude of expeditions and their refuse."
August 6, 2010 |
The most famous comment about the reason for climbing Mt. Everest was made by a man who never made it to the top. Or did he? That would be British mountaineer George Mallory, who replied, "Because it's there," when asked why he wanted to conquer the highest peak in the world. Mallory looked on his quest as "the wildest dream," and an absorbing new documentary called "The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest" deals with the climber's fate and his legacy in an unexpected combination on ways.
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April 15, 2013
There is no obvious heir apparent lined up to take over the University of California system after Mark Yudof retires as president. Yudof was the first true outsider selected to run the sprawling institution in more than 100 years. So experts predict the search for a new president will look to leaders of large public university systems elsewhere in the country that, like UC, have faced dramatic declines in state financial support. Some observers expect the hunt to extend beyond academia, to government or business leaders.
April 29, 1986 |
An eight-member, American-led team trying to scale the 26,906-foot Cho Oyu peak in the Himalayas has pitched its second bivouac camp, the Ministry of Tourism said Monday. It said the camp was established at 20,800 feet on April 20, only three days after the party, which includes a British climber, set up its first camp at 19,420 feet. The climbers hope to reach the summit in May. Led by attorney James Frush, 34, of Trinidad, Colo., the team is preparing for a 1988 climb of Mt.
July 22, 1990
In reviewing my "Poetic License," Disch is indignant about the "passionate enthusiasm" he takes me to display toward "language poetry," specifically to the work of Lyn Hejinian and Steve McCaffery (which, for the record, occupies approximately 15 (roughly 5%) of my book's 352 pages). "Why," he asks vituperatively, "does (Perloff) praise those who traffic in" the "pseudo-scientific silliness" (of language poetry)? "Because, like Everest, it's there." Well, choice of mountain notwithstanding (surely Parnassus would have been more apt than Everest)